Autoantibody biomarker opens a new gateway for cancer diagnosis

M. Nesterova, N. Johnson, C. Cheadle, Y. S. Cho-Chung

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The list of cancer markers of current interest has grown considerably, but none of the markers used in clinical work is a true tumor marker. These cancer biomarkers are based on the determination of tumor antigens. Here, we report a single method of autoantibody enzyme immunoassay (EIA) screens for a spectrum of serum tumor markers. A comparison of the autoantibody-based EIA to conventional antigen EIA kits, using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) plots, showed that the autoantibody EIA can significantly enhance the sensitivity and specificity of tumor markers. The detection of serum autoantibodies for a spectrum of serum tumor markers, as demonstrated here, suggests that most, if not all, serum cancer biomarkers produce autoantibodies. A unique autoantibody biomarker screening method, as presented here, might therefore facilitate achieving the accurate and early diagnosis of cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Basis of Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Autoantibody
  • Cancer biomarker
  • Cancer diagnosis
  • Enzyme immunoassay
  • Extracellular protein kinase A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology


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