Novel human serum protein from fibroblast plasma membrane

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CELL surface components play a major role in the control of normal cell interactions and in the altered growth control and antigenic properties of malignant cells1. To characterise tissue-specific cell surface proteins we undertook an immunochemical study of the material released from cells by mild proteolytic treatment. Our studies have disclosed a fibroblast-specific cell surface and serum antigen in chicken2. The amount of this antigen is greatly reduced in chicken fibroblasts transformed by Rous sarcoma virus.

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