Soluble Membrane Antigens of Lip and Cervical Carcinomas: Reactivity with Antibody for Herpesvirus Nonvirion Antigens

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Science  16 Feb 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4074, pp. 698-700
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4074.698


With the use of antibody for herpesvirus nonvirion antigens (not structural components of the virus) complement fixing reactivity has been shown for soluble membrane antigens separated from lip and cervical carcinomas but not for similar extracts from normal vaginal tissue or intestinal carcinoma. Neither the serum obtained from the guinea pig before hyperimmunization with the herpesvirus nonvirion antigen nor the antiserum of guinea pigs immunized with comparable uninfected cell extracts reacted with these tumor soluble membrane antigens. Since the above soluble membrane antigens could be specific markers for the presence of virus genome within the tumor cells, the findings could support an etiological role of herpesvirus in selected human malignancies.