It has been shown previously that estradiol regulates the synthesis of a Mr 24,000 cytosol protein in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. This protein is an attractive probe to study the mechanisms of estrogen regulation in human breast cancer. We have produced monoclonal antibodies against the Mr 24,000 protein which show immunocytochemical localization in the cytoplasm of MCF-7 cells grown as solid tumors in nude mice. They do not react with normal mouse tissue or with MDA-MB- 231 cells, an estrogen receptor-negative cell line. Moreover, the monoclonal antibodies react against certain human breast tumor biopsy samples. These data suggest that the monoclonal antibodies obtained will be useful to detect the estrogen-regulated protein by immunohistochemistry.
This work was supported by NIH Grants CA 11378, CA 09042, and HD 10202 and the Robert A. Welch Foundation.