Characterization of a new breast cancer-associated antigen and its relationship to MUC1 and TAG-72 antigens

Yuko Harada, Nobiaki Ohuchi, Takashi Masuko, Yoshihito Funaki, Shozo Mori, Susumu Satomi, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto

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We have characterized a new tumor-associated antigen defined by monoclonal antibody (MAb) generated against HMA-1 breast cancer cell line. MAb AM-1 was selected based on its preferential reactivity to breast cancer cells versus to normal or benign epithelial cells by immunofluorescence and immunohistochemical assays of cultured, or fresh specimens. AM-1 demonstrated strong reactivity to breast cancer cell lines including HMA-1, YMB-1-E, YMB-1 and MDA-MB-231 in flow cytometry. In immunoprecipitation, AM-1 recognized high molecular weight components of 160-210 kDa and >370 kDa. Reactivity with HMA-1 cells was diminished markedly when treated by heat, protease or periodate, suggesting that the antigenic epitope is composed with carbohydrates and peptides. Enzyme digestion of precipitated antigens demonstrated that the antigen contains O-linked and N-linked carbohydrates with neuraminic acid structures. Furthermore, binding inhibition and sandwich ELISA assays using MAbs reactive with known breast cancer-associated antigens and synthetic MUC1 core peptide (PDTRPAPGSTAPPAHGVTSAPDTR) demonstrated that the antigen is distinct from CEA, TAG-72 or MUC1, while the antigen conjoins with MUC1 and TAG-72 as a trimmer form in HMA-1 cells. These results suggest that AM-1 recognizes a novel glycoprotein which is abundant in breast cancer, and may be utilized in the management of breast cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-288
Number of pages16
JournalTohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Nov


  • Breast cancer
  • MUC1
  • Monoclonal antibody
  • Tumor-associated antigen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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