Cell lineage specificity of newly raised monoclonal antibodies against gastric mucins in normal, metaplastic, and neoplastic human tissues and their application to pathology diagnosis

Am J Clin Pathol. 2001 Jan;115(1):69-79. doi: 10.1309/AMUR-K5L3-M2DN-2DK5.


The specificity of monoclonal antibodies against gastric mucins (designated as HIK1083, PGM 36, and PGM 37) was studied immunohistochemically in normal, metaplastic, and neoplastic human tissues. These antibodies labeled class III mucin-producing cells identified by paradoxical concanavalin A staining in normal stomach, duodenum (Brunner gland), biliary tract, and main pancreatic duct; in mucinous metaplasia of pancreas and gallbladder; and in adenocarcinomas of stomach (90%), bile duct (80%), gallbladder (100%), pancreas (80%), lung (100% of goblet cell type adenocarcinomas), ovary (67% of mucinous carcinomas), and uterine cervix (100% of adenoma malignum tumors). Normal and neoplastic cells of esophagus, colon, salivary gland, kidney, endometrium, breast, prostate, and liver, as well as normal small intestine, lung, and uterine cervix, were all negative. The antibodies used should be valuable for the detection of class III mucin and class III mucin-producing cells in normal, metaplastic, and neoplastic tissues.

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Cell Line
  • Concanavalin A
  • Female
  • Gastric Mucosa / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metaplasia / metabolism
  • Metaplasia / pathology
  • Mucins / immunology*
  • Mucins / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Reference Values
  • Staining and Labeling


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Mucins
  • Concanavalin A