The common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen (CALLA), as defined by J-5 murine monoclonal antibodies, was detected on renal tubular and glomerular cells from fetal and adult donors by an indirect immunoperoxidase technique. CALLA could also be detected on epithelial cells of the fetal small intestine and on myoepithelial cells of adult breast but not on myoepithelial cells of the salivary gland. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of immunoprecipitated 125I-labeled membrane antigens from dissociated renal cells demonstrated that the antigen migrated as a 90,000 mol wt antigen rather than the 98,000-100,000 mol wt antigen noted on CALLA-positive tissue culture cell lines. The data suggest that the determinant defined by the J-5 monoclonal antibody is neither a lymphoid cell-specific differentiation antigen nor a leukemia-specific antigen.

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