Production and properties of a monoclonal antibody against human epidermal growth factor

Biochem Int. 1985 Feb;10(2):251-8.


A monoclonal antibody against human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) was obtained from a mouse hybridoma cell line. The purified monoclonal antibody from the ascites fluid of a mouse injected with one of the cell lines was specific for hEGF and did not cross-react with mouse EGF (mEGF). Its Kd value for hEGF was 1.4 X 10(-9) M. This monoclonal antibody inhibited the biological activities of hEGF, including its binding to the receptor of BALB/3T3 cells and its stimulation of DNA synthesis in the cells, but did not affect the activities of mEGF. The monoclonal antibody completely inhibited DNA synthesis stimulated by human urine from a patient without a tumor, but only partially inhibited the stimulatory activity in urine from a tumor-bearing patient.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal*
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cross Reactions
  • DNA Replication / drug effects
  • Epidermal Growth Factor / analysis*
  • Epidermal Growth Factor / immunology
  • Epidermal Growth Factor / pharmacology
  • Epitopes / analysis
  • ErbB Receptors
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / metabolism
  • Species Specificity


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigen-Antibody Complex
  • Epitopes
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Epidermal Growth Factor
  • ErbB Receptors