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Int Immunol. 1990;2(10):973-80.

Distribution of the CD68 macrophage/myeloid associated antigen.

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Nuffield Department of Pathology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.


The distribution of the pan-macrophage CD68 antigen, recognized by six different monoclonal antibodies, was examined in human blood, tissue, and cell lines using APAAP staining and Western blotting. All antibodies stained monocytes and macrophages, but labelling of neutrophils, basophils, and lymphocytes was seen with some of the reagents. In addition, the CD68 antibodies demonstrated a variety of staining patterns on some non-haemopoietic cells. The subtle differences between the reactions of the different antibodies suggested that the CD68 antigen may be heterogeneous, possibly due to differences in glycosylation. While CD68 antibodies are very useful markers of the macrophage/myeloid series, the presence of small amounts of the antigen on some lymphoid and non-haemopoietic cells means that care should be taken when using them for the diagnosis of tumours of unknown origin.

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