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BMC Cancer

, 6:8

First Online: 11 January 2006Received: 29 August 2005Accepted: 11 January 2006DOI: 10.1186-1471-2407-6-8

Cite this article as: Trefzer, U., Chen, Y., Herberth, G. et al. BMC Cancer 2006 6: 8. doi:10.1186-1471-2407-6-8


BackgroundPreviously we have generated the monoclonal antibody SM5-1 by using a subtractive immunization protocol of human melanoma. This antibody exhibits a high sensitivity for primary melanomas of 99% 248-250 tested and for metastatic melanoma of 96% 146-151 tested in paraffin embedded sections. This reactivity is superior to the one obtained by HMB-45, anti-MelanA or anti-Tyrosinase and is comparable to anti-S100. However, as compared to anti-S100, the antibody SM5-1 is highly specific for melanocytic lesions since 40 different neoplasms were found to be negative for SM5-1 by immunohistochemistry. The antigen recognized by SM5-1 is unknown.

MethodsIn order to characterize the antigen recognized by mAb SM5-1, a cDNA library was constructed from the metastatic human melanoma cell line SMMUpos in the Uni-ZAP lambda phage and screened by mAb SM5-1. The cDNA clones identified by this approach were then sequenced and subsequently analyzed.

ResultsSequence analysis of nine independent overlapping clones length 3100–5600 bp represent fibronectin cDNA including the ED-A, but not the ED-B region which are produced by alternative splicing. The 89aa splicing variant of the IIICS region was found in 8-9 clones and the 120aa splicing variant in 1-9 clones, both of which are included in the CS1 region of fibronectin being involved in melanoma cell adhesion and spreading.

ConclusionThe molecule recognized by SM5-1 is a melanoma associated FN variant expressed by virtually all primary and metastatic melanomas and may play an important role in melanoma formation and progression. This antibody is therefore not only of value in immunohistochemistry, but potentially also for diagnostic imaging and immunotherapy.

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Author: Uwe Trefzer - Yingwen Chen - Gunda Herberth - Maja Ann Hofmann - Felix Kiecker - Yajun Guo - Wolfram Sterry


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