A pancarcinoma monoclonal antibody (NR-LU-10), homogeneously reactive with human breast cancer cells, was conjugated to Pseudomonas exotoxin A. The immunotoxin was evaluated for its potential for purging breast cancer cells from human bone marrow. The immunotoxin NR-LU-10 antibody did not react with normal bone marrow preparations yet readily detected 1% contamination of bone marrow by MCF-7 breast cancer cells added to normal bone marrow without significantly inhibiting the colony-forming ability of bone marrow progenitor cells. NR-LU-10-Pseudomonas exotoxin A has potential for purging bone marrow of breast cancer cells without impairing the growth of bone marrow progenitor cells.

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