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Tumour Biol. 1987;8(5):241-50.

Immunoadsorbent purification of carcinoembryonic antigen using a monoclonal antibody: a direct comparison with a conventional method.

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Oncology Research, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.


Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been extracted and purified by two different methods from a single aqueous homogenate of liver metastases from a primary adenocarcinoma of the colon, thus enabling direct comparison to be made between a conventional technique using gel filtration and a monoclonal antibody immunoadsorbent method. Yield, immunoreactivity and purity have been determined in both cases by direct weighing, enzyme-linked immunoadsorbent assay, radioimmunoassay and SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Reactivity of the antigen with monoclonal and polyclonal anti-CEA antibodies recognising different epitopes was analysed by Western blotting. There appears to be no significant difference in immunoreactivity or purity by these criteria, but the immunoadsorbent method gave a higher yield of CEA for far less expenditure of time and effort. A variant of CEA with a lower molecular weight was also identified in both preparations.

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