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Int J Oncol. 2008 Jan;32(1):59-68.

A new subtype-specific monoclonal antibody for IAP-survivin identifies high-risk patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and improves the prognostic value of bcl-2.

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  • 1Department of Haematology, School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, William Leech Building, Medical School, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 4HH, UK.


Anti-apoptotic factors including IAP-survivin and bcl-2 are involved in carcinogenesis and predict for disease outcome for patients with cancer. We used RT-PCR and specific primers to generate two recombinant IAP-survivin proteins; one encoding for the full-length protein and the second comprising the survivin sequence incorporating amino acids 98 to 142. Both proteins were used to immunize mice and as capture antigens to screen NS1/immune splenocyte hybridoma supernatants for anti-survivin antibody in ELISA assays. The antibody designated F2-9C3 was most effective and reacted with both recombinant proteins and with the native protein present in lysates of A549 (lung carcinoma) and Jurkat cells in Western blots, immunoprecipitation and formalin-fixed tissue sections. Immunohistochemical staining of normal and neoplastic tissues showed association of the F2-9C3 antibody with the mitotic spindles. Expression of survivin was not detected elsewhere in sections of normal tissue while all neoplastic tissues examined, including those from patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), showed significant expression of survivin. The intensity and localization of staining in these tumours varied and was observed in cytoplasm and/or nuclei. High nuclear expression of survivin predicted the disease outcome in patients with DLBCL. This association was evident when relating intensity to patient survival (p=0.0321) and strengthened when a score was calculated based on both staining intensity and the proportion of the reactive tumour cells (p=0.0128; reduction in the mean survival times: 35% and 46%, respectively). Elevated expression of bcl-2 protein also identified the high-risk patients (p=0.0095; reduction in mean survival time: 37%). Over-expression of both factors was a more powerful indicator of poor prognosis than either marker alone (p=0.0054, 70% reduction in mean survival time). In conclusion, our novel F2-9C3 monoclonal antibody is effective in determination of expression of IAP-survivin in neoplastic tissue. Nuclear overexpression of IAP-survivin using this antibody predicts the disease outcome in patients with DLBCL and significantly improves the predictive power of bcl-2 in these patients.

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