Immunohistochemical reactivity of a monoclonal antibody prepared against human breast carcinoma

Virchows Arch A Pathol Anat Histopathol. 1984;402(4):389-404. doi: 10.1007/BF00734636.


The reactivity profile of an IgM monoclonal antibody, MBR1 , raised against the human breast cancer cell line MCF7 , was studied in a variety of human tumours and non-neoplastic tissues by light microscopic immunohistochemistry. The range of reactivity included specific types of non-neoplastic epithelial cells and a number of epithelial tumours. Most mammary carcinomas reacted with MBR1 , but adenocarcinomas and squamous carcinomas from different sites were also strongly positive. Different patterns of immunoreactivity were apparent in microscopically normal tissues, in tissues with inflammatory changes and in carcinomas. Heterogeneous staining, despite morphological similarities, was documented in neoplastic and non-neoplastic epithelial cells. The reactivity of MBR1 was different from that reported for other monoclonal antibodies, but revealed similarities to that of monoclonal antibodies and polyclonal sera against human milk fat globule membrane.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / immunology
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / immunology
  • Cell Line
  • Female
  • Histocytochemistry
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin M / immunology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Immunoglobulin M