Mutation-Specific p53 Antibodies as Biomarkers of Pancreatic Cancer

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Mutation-Specific p53 Antibodies as Biomarkers of Pancreatic Cancer Mutation-Specific p53 Antibodies as Biomarkers of Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer remains a highly lethal disease, with no established biomarkers or screening strategy for early detection. Somatic mutation in TP53, primarily in the DNA-binding core region of the protein, results in protein stabilization and autoantibody (AAb) generation. Using a novel method of protein display and detection of serum IgG, we have detected P53-AAb to wild-type (WT) protein in serous ovarian cancer with moderate sensitivity and high specificity, including a subset of cases with false-negative CA 125. In ovarian cancer, we detected rising p53-AAb levels starting 9 months prior to clinical diagnosis, and since the pancreatic cancer has similar, early p53 mutations as serous ovarian cancer, we predict these markers will be present in pancreatic cancer patient sera. Since the AAb were induced by mutated p53, AAb to forms of mutant p53 may improve the assay. We developed a protein microarray expressing the 68 most common p53 mutations that are present in solid tumors. Here, we propose to determine the frequency of WT and mutant-specific p53-AAb, in sera from patients with early and late-stage pancreatic cancers. We will correlate p53-AAb detection with primary and metastatic tumor p53 expression by IHC, and with TP53 mutation status.
Effective start/end date8/8/127/31/14


  • HHS-NIH: National Cancer Institute (NCI): $378,117.00


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