Detection of endothelial cells by MEC 13.3 monoclonal antibody in mice mammary tumors

Biocell. 1997 Apr;21(1):39-46.


In order to clearly visualize blood vessels, the monoclonal antibody (mAb) MEC 13.3 was used for an immunohistochemical staining on frozen sections of different mice mammary tumors. MEC 13.3 mAb is specific for endothelial cells (ECs) of mouse blood vessels and recognizes a molecule related to the murine form of CD31/PECAM. This mAb with immunoenzymatic technique or immunofluorescent labelling, was found to be a useful tool to quantify tumor neovascularization. Specifically, membrane reinforcement could be observed in vessel ECs, indicating the expression of CD31/ PECAM in their surface. The staining of ECs from tumors and from normal tissues was also compared. In this work, the use of MEC13.3 mAb is reported to recognize mice mammary tumor ECs as a useful tool to identify neovascularization. It would also be helpful for research on the origin and function of vascular endothelium in murine tumor experimental models.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma*
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal*
  • Antibody Specificity
  • Antigen-Antibody Reactions
  • Endothelium, Vascular / chemistry
  • Endothelium, Vascular / cytology
  • Endothelium, Vascular / immunology*
  • Female
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mammary Glands, Animal / blood supply
  • Mammary Glands, Animal / cytology
  • Mammary Neoplasms, Experimental*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Microcirculation
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal