Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 331–335 | Cite as

Serum immunoassay of a small cell lung cancer associated ganglioside: development of a sensitive scintillation proximity assay

  • Tina Pallesen
  • Annette Vangsted
  • Lars Drivsholm
  • Henrik Clausen
  • Jesper Zeuthen
  • Håkan Wallin


We here report an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and a scintillation proximity assay (SPA) for detection of the ganglioside FucGM1 in sera from small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients. The SPA was more sensitive and reproducible than the ELISA. In this assay, monoclonal antibodies specific for FucGM1 were bound to SPA particles and incubated with labelled FucGM1 and 100 µl test-serum overnight, and counted in a β-counter. The sensitivity was 0.2 ng. Seven out of twenty sera from SCLC patients were positive, whereas none of twenty sera from healthy individuals were positive for FucGM1. The SPA was more sensitive than the previously reported HPTLC as well as a direct ELISA.


SCLC FucGM1 sera immunoassay ELISA scintillation proximity assay 



monoclonal antibody


scintillation proximity assay


high performance thin layer chromatography


small cell lung cancer




enzyme linked immunosorbent assay


foetal calf serum


phosphate buffered saline


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© Chapman & Hall 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Pallesen
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 1
  • Annette Vangsted
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 1
  • Lars Drivsholm
    • 2
  • Henrik Clausen
    • 3
  • Jesper Zeuthen
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 1
  • Håkan Wallin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tumor Cell BiologyThe Fibiger InstituteCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of OncologyState University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.School of DentistryUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.Department of Environmental CarcinogenesisDanish Cancer SocietyCopenhagenDenmark

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