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Br J Cancer. 1999 Dec;81(7):1162-4.

Expression of testicular genes in haematological malignancies.

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  • 1Department of Haematology, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK.


The gene expression of a new group of tumour antigens known as cancer/testis (CT) antigens is now well-recognized in some solid tumours. However, their expression in haematological malignancies remained unclear. In this study, we have used reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Southern blot analysis to examine the presence of transcripts for the three CT antigens, NY-ESO-1, SSX2 and SCP1 in haematological malignant cells. We found that transcripts for SCP1 could be detected in 10% of myeloma, 5.7% of acute myeloid leukaemia and 23% of chronic myeloid leukaemia. In contrast, NY-ESO-1 and SSX2 were not detected in any of the 107 tumour samples.

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