Subcellular localization of blood group a substance produced by pancreatic adenocarcinoma induced in hamsters by n-nitrosobis(2-oxopropyl)amine (bop) and by its cell line (pc-1)

Hiroshi Egami, William G. Chaney, Yoshiyuki Takiyama, Parviz M. Pour

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The subcellular localization and biochemical characteristics of blood group A antigen were studied by immunogold methods and by SDS-PAGE and Western blotting procedures in N-nitrosobis(2-oxopropyl)amine (BOP)-induced pancreatic cancer (PC) in Syrian hamsters, in the pancreatic cancer cell line (PC-1) derived from a primary induced pancreatic cancer, and in intrapancreatic and subcutaneous transplants of PC-1 cells. Normal hamster duodenal epithelial cells expressing A antigen were compared with the normal hamster pancreas (lacking A antigen), human PC tissues from patients with blood group A and human PC cell lines. Blood group A antigen was present on the membrane of hamster duodenal cells, but was absent in the normal pancreatic cells. A antigen was localized mainly on the cell membrane of the hamster cancer cells both in vivo and in vitro. Glycoproteins with blood group A specificity were observed by SDS-PAGE and Western blotting procedures in the membrane fraction of PC-1 cells, with a major component of molecular mass of {reversed tilde} 120 kd. Similar migration patterns were observed in the primary induced PC and in subcutaneous and intrapancreatic transplants of PC-1 cells. Membrane preparations from cell lines derived from two primary pancreatic cancers from patients of blood group A and from human pancreatic cell lines, CD11 and CD18, showed a major A reactive component with a molecular mass similar to that found in the hamster PC cells. These findings suggest that: (i) both the hamster and human PC cells in vitro produce glycoproteins with blood group A specificity of similar molecular masses; (ii) differences exist in the structure of the glycoprotein immunoreactive with the anti-A antigen between the normal and cancerous cells; and (iii) differences exist in the molecular mass of the anti-A reactive substance between hamsters and human PC cells and between tissues in vivo and in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-514
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1991


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  • Cancer Research

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