Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The glycoprotein fractions of human seminal plasma, amniotic fluid, urine, human saliva and human gastric juice have been found to contain sialyl-Lea blood group substance, an antigen and which is known to function as a tumor-marker in human pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancer (Ca 19-9). Tumor-associated carbohydrate structures may well occur in large amounts both in normal tissue and in secretions as organ-specific markers. In human seminal plasma typical variations have been found in relationship to the Lewis blood group of the donor. Accordingly, the Ca 19-9 antigen can be regarded as a marker of the main glycoprotein fraction of human seminal plasma, which could be useful as a tool for clinical investigations.
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