2001 Volume 63 Issue 3 Pages 333-335
A monoclonal antibody (B9) was generated by using a rat malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH)-derived cloned cell line (MT-8) as the immunogen. Immunohistochemically, B9 reacted specifically with a cytoplasmic antigen of MT-8 cells. Furthermore, B9 immunolabeled another MFH-derived cloned cells (MT-9) and histiocytic sarcoma cells, as well as macrophages/histiocytes in normal and diseased tissues of rats. These findings suggest the presence of a common antigen recognized by B9 between MFH cells and macrophages/histiocytes. This suggests that MFH cells may express histiocytic nature.