Liver-specific and shared cell membrane antigens. Studies by light- and electron microscopy.Immunology. 1978 Aug; 35(2):289-98.I
Liver-specific and shared saline-insoluble cell surface antigens were localized by immunofluorescence as well as by light- and electron microscopic immunoenzyme techniques. Antisera against purified mouse liver cell membranes were surface membrane but not organ-specific. Variable quantities of shared antigens were present in endoderm- and mesoderm-derived organs but not in ectodermal nerve tissue. Species crossreactivity was observed for the rat. Repeated absorption produced liver-specific antisera that reacted with antigenic sites distributed along the entire hepatocyte and sinusoidal cell surfaces. For the precise localization as well as the detection of low concentrations of both liver-specific and nonspecific antigens, the ultrastructural visualization of reactive sites proved essential.