Detection of Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan 4 (CSPG4) in Melanoma

  • Yangyang Wang
  • Francesco Sabbatino
  • Xinhui Wang
  • Soldano Ferrone
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1102)


The tumor antigen chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4 (CSPG4) appears to be a useful biomarker to identify melanoma cells and an attractive target to apply antibody-based immunotherapy for the treatment of melanoma. Here we described the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method and the immunohistochemical (IHC) staining method to detect the expression of CSPG4 in melanoma cells and tissues.

Key words

CSPG4 Melanoma RT-PCR IHC staining 



This work was supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant # KG111486; and by R01 CA110249 and R01-1CA138188 grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yangyang Wang
    • 1
  • Francesco Sabbatino
    • 1
  • Xinhui Wang
    • 1
  • Soldano Ferrone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery and Orthopaedic SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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