Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded human melanoma stained with MUC18 Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (OJ79c). HIER: Tris/EDTA, pH9.0, 45min. 2°: HRP-polymer, 30min. DAB, 5min.
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Specificity & Comments
The human Mel-CAM gene maps to chromosome 11q23 and encodes a trans-membrane glycoprotein, also designated MCAM, MUC 18 or CD146, that belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily and functions as a Ca2+-independent cell adhesion molecule. Mel-CAM expression is restricted to advanced primary and metastatic melanomas and to cell lines of the neuroectodermal lineage, but not normal melanocytes. Mel-CAM is found on 80% of advanced primary human melanomas and correlates well with development of metastatic disease.