Relationship between blood group‐A antigen expression and malignant potential in hamster pancreatic cancers

Masahiko Hirota, Hiroshi Egami, Masatoshi Mogaki, Katherine Kazakoff, William G. Chaney, Parviz M. Pour

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The loss of expression of the ABH blood group antigens is suggested to be associated with more aggressive behavior of cancers. We have compared the growth behaviors of two hamster pancreatic cancer cell lines with different blood group‐Aexpressions. PC‐1.0 cells, which expressed blood group‐A antigen poorly, showed a faster growth in vitro and in vivo when implanted into the pancreas of homologous animals, whereas PC‐1.2 cells, all of which express the antigen, had a slower growth rate both in vitro and in vivo. PC‐1.0 also tended to metastasize, whereas PC‐1.2 cells grew primarily locally. The allografts of both PC‐1.2 cells (PC‐1.2AG) and PC‐1.0 cells (PC‐1.0AG) and the metastases of PC‐1.0 cells expressed blood group A antigen in a similar rate. There was no significant difference in the number of A‐antigen positive cells (A +) between the PC‐1.2AG and PC‐1.0AG, although the expression of A antigen in PC‐1.0AG showed a greater heterogeneity. The combined immunohistochemistry and autoradiography did not show any significant differences in the labeling index of A + or A− cells between the two allografts. Thus, the results indicate that blood group A antigen expression is unrelated to malignancy in this model. The faster growth rate of PC‐1.0 cells may be due to their shorter cell cycle. ©1993 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalTeratogenesis, Carcinogenesis, and Mutagenesis
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993


  • DNA synthesis
  • PC‐1.2 cells
  • malignancy
  • metastasis
  • pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Genetics
  • Toxicology
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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