Are natural antibodies involved in tumour defence?

Immunol Lett. 1999 Sep 1;69(3):317-20. doi: 10.1016/s0165-2478(99)00111-x.


Natural antibodies (NAb) are found in the serum of healthy individuals. These antibodies are produced without any apparent specific antigenic stimulation. They are one part of the circulating immunoglobulins and are found in virtually all vertebrate species. NAb react to various self- and non-self antigens. A protective function in different infection models could be demonstrated. Several groups have reported the ability of NAb to bind to tumour cells. Their possible role in tumour defence is documented in mice. The present status of attempts to characterise the role of NAb in tumour defence is discussed, particularly as regards the human immune system. This paper focuses on antibody cell interactions and discusses the genetic background of the Nab-producing B-cells.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies / immunology*
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Mice
  • Neoplasms / immunology*


  • Antibodies