Effects of trypsin on the in situ identification of epidermal cell membrane antigens

G. Zambruno, V. Gielen, D. Schmitt, C. Dezutter-Dambuyant, J. Thivolet

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In this work the role of trypsin in revealing epidermal cell surface antigens, with the use of immunological markers, was investigated. Two monoclonal antibodies (MCA) were used, the first: D47, belongs to the first cluster of differentiation and recognizes a membrane antigen of human thymocytes; the second HLA-ABC-m3, is an anti-HLA-B27 MCA. Preliminary treatment with various concentrations of trypsin was performed on frozen skin sections and followed by indirect immunofluorescence. D47 reacted with epidermal dentritic cells only after trypsin pretreatment of skin sections. In addition a mild preliminary trypsinization was shown to increase in situ immunoreactivity of MCA HLA-ABC-m3 with epidermal cells. Best results were obtained when trypsin concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 5 μg/gl were applied for 10 min at 37°C. Preliminary trypsinization may be of interest for a better exposure of some surface antigens to immunohistochemical markers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Pathology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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