Immunospecificity of nuclear nonhistone protein-DNA complexes in colon adenocarcinoma

J Natl Cancer Inst. 1979 Aug;63(2):313-7.


Tumor-specific antisera against dehistonized chromatin isolated from transplantable colon adenocarcinoma (from male noninbred Sprague-Dawley rats) were produced. The specificities of these antisera were determined by complement fixation. In the presence of these antisera, only chromatin from colon adenocarcinoma significantly fixed complement, whereas chromatins isolated from normal rat colon epithelia were inactive. Administration of 1,2-dimethylhydrazine to rats produced an early change in the immunospecificity of colon epithelial chromatin similar to that for colon adenocarcinoma. Several lines of experimental evidence indicated that nuclear antigen was not a carcinoembryonic antigen-like substance. Common antigens were also present in human colon adenocarcinomas.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / immunology*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Neoplasm
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Antigens, Neoplasm*
  • Cell Nucleus / immunology*
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / immunology*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / immunology*
  • Complement Fixation Tests
  • DNA, Neoplasm / immunology*
  • Epitopes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms, Experimental / immunology
  • Organ Specificity
  • Rats


  • Antibodies, Neoplasm
  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone
  • DNA, Neoplasm
  • Epitopes