The high-affinity nerve growth factor receptor corresponds to the tyrosine protein kinase encoded by the proto-oncogene trkA. Different findings suggest that nerve growth factor (NGF) can be operative in the growth modulation of tumor cell lines possessing high-affinity binding sites for this molecule. Using as immunizing material the SKNBE neuroblastoma cell line transfected with proto-trkA we produced a monoclonal antibody (MAb) able to recognize the high-affinity nerve growth factor receptor. The selected MAb, designated MGR12, is directed against an epitope present on the extracellular domain of the receptor since it showed reactivity on living trkA-expressing cells and was able to immunoprecipitate the proto-trkA molecule. The MGR12 MAb is directed against a non-functional epitope since it neither inhibited NGF binding nor induced receptor internalization. This new reagent appears to be an appropriate tool for analyzing the expression of high-affinity nerve growth factor receptor in tumors of different origin and for elucidating its involvement in tumor progression.
- High-affinity nerve growth factor receptor
- Monoclonal antibody
- Somatic fusion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Cancer Research