Analysis of antibodies to p16INK4A tumor suppressor gene products in lung cancer patients.
- O Namikawa
- E Shimizu
- K Sumitomo
- S Sone
Affiliations: Third Department of Internal Medicine, Tokushima University School of Medicine, Tokushima 770, Japan.
- Published online on: April 1, 1999 https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.14.4.681
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We examined by immunoblotting antibodies that bind to p16INK4A tumor suppressor gene products in the sera of patients with lung cancer. Sera from 15 to 102 patients, including 6 with adenocarcinoma, 3 with squamous cell carcinoma, 2 with large cell carcinoma and 4 with small cell carcinoma, reacted with a glutathione-S-transferase (GST) fusion protein containing whole human anti-p16INK4A, produced by Escherichia coli. However, sera from 30 normal volunteers did not react with the GST-p16INK4A fusion protein. The background such as age, gender, performance status, histology, stage, smoking history, and prior treatment was not significantly different between the patients with and without anti-GST-p16INK4A antibodies. Circulating p16INK4A tumor suppressor products were not detected in any individuals with lung cancer or in the normal controls.