Serum oncogene proteins in hazardous-waste workers

J Soc Occup Med. 1989 Winter;39(4):141-3. doi: 10.1093/occmed/39.4.141.


Oncogene protein detection may be a valuable molecular epidemiological marker of commitment to the carcinogenic pathway in worker populations exposed to carcinogens. This paper reports the use of serum immunoblotting with monoclonal antibodies to oncogene proteins to screen hazardous waste workers with potential carcinogen exposure who employ state-of-the-art work practices and personal protective equipment to minimize real exposures. Two individuals in this cohort were found to be trace positive for the ras oncogene protein in their serum, but this may have been due to their cigarette smoking. These results are contrasted to previous results in hazardous waste workers with real workplace carcinogen exposures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cohort Studies
  • Hazardous Substances / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Oncogene Proteins / blood*
  • United States


  • Hazardous Substances
  • Oncogene Proteins