He approached Freedman, a well-known researcher in immunology, with an unconventional idea: applying immunological technology to the hunt for a cancer marker.
The research partners decided to focus on rabbits "because they are very good producers of antibodies," explains Gold. The first step was to collect samples of both normal human colon tissue and cancerous tissue, from the same donor. So if you found a difference that appeared to be cancer-specific, you could never tell if it indicated cancer, or if it was simply specific to the individuals from whom the material was taken," says Gold.
What are they used for?
Gold and Freedman then injected newborn rabbits with samples of the normal human colon tissue. The newborns' bodies came to "accept" the human tissue as their own.
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Later, as adults, they were injected with human cancer cells, from the same donors as the normal tissue. But they did, in fact, react to the one molecule in the cancer that was different from normal tissue. The rabbits had produced antibodies to the cancer molecule. That was the "eureka" moment, the first time that Gold and Freedman -- or anyone else -- had detected a cancer marker. The two researchers later developed a blood test to detect an elevated level of CEA, the first cancer screening blood test approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Gold continued to conduct follow-up research on CEA for another 20 years, "then I brought in the next generations. You've been automatically redirected here from Humanzyme. Click here to dismiss this alert. Brain Tumor Markers There are over different types of brain tumors, where the abnormal proliferation of any cell type leads to a growth within brain tissue. Figure 1. Immunohistochemistry of paraffin-embedded human prostate cancer tissue slide using AP PTEN antibody at a dilution of under 40x lens. Upregulation Patterns in gene expression are often used as markers as many tissue markers are expressed in healthy cells and tumor cells alike, but at different levels.
Tumor types The many different types of brain tumors are differentiated with a range of techniques, including histopathology. Figure 3. Immunohistochemical of paraffin-embedded human gliomas using AP IDH1 antibody at dilution of under 10x lens. Cancer stem cells The cellular heterogeneity of brain tumors is added to by the presence of cancer stem cells in tumors, identified from patient biopsies.
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