Circulating anti-MUC1 IgG antibodies as a favorable prognostic factor for pancreatic cancer

Int J Cancer. 2003 Jan 1;103(1):97-100. doi: 10.1002/ijc.10801.


MUC1 is immunogenic in vivo and humoral and cellular immune responses against MUC1 have been detected in cancer patients. Our study explored the association of circulating anti-MUC1 antibodies with clinicopathological parameters or patients' survival of pancreatic cancer. Serum specimens from 36 patients with invasive ductal carcinoma of the pancreas were subjected to enzyme immunoassay for anti-MUC1 IgG or IgM antibodies. Serum levels of anti-MUC1 IgG antibodies were significantly correlated with survival time (p = 0.0004), whereas neither those of anti-MUC1 IgM nor anti-Galalpha(1,3)Gal IgG antibodies, the latter known as natural antibodies cross-reactive with MUC1, showed a given tendency. Some patients' sera with the higher antibody titer showed the reactivity with MUC1-transfectants of cultured pancreatic cancer cells, but not with MUC1-negative parental cells. When the samples were tentatively divided into 2 groups by the serum level of anti-MUC1 IgG antibodies, the survival of patients was significantly longer in the group with optical density >or=0.3 than in that with optical density <0.3 (p = 0.008). Circulating anti-MUC1 IgG antibody levels remained significant (HR, 0.03; 95% CI, 0.003-0.289; p = 0.0024) after multivariate analysis for pTNM stage, patient age and gender. These data suggest that circulating anti-MUC1-IgG antibody levels may be predictive for survival of pancreatic cancer patients.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antibodies, Neoplasm / blood*
  • Autoantibodies / blood*
  • Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast / immunology*
  • Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast / mortality
  • Carcinoma, Ductal, Breast / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Immunoglobulin G / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucin-1 / immunology*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / pathology
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate
  • Transfection


  • Antibodies, Neoplasm
  • Autoantibodies
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Mucin-1