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Assessment of quality and consistency of monoclonal antibodies for CB1 and CB2 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Head Neck. 2019 09;41(9):3105-3113

Authors: Daniels KE, Luginbuhl AJ, Mardekian SK, Cognetti DM, Curry JM, South AP

BACKGROUND: Marijuana has numerous roles as an agonist in the endocannabinoid signaling system (ESS). This study evaluated monoclonal antibodies across experimental techniques to establish a framework for studying ESS receptors, CB1 and CB2.
METHODS: Tissue from five patients with head and neck cancer were used to generate cell lines and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) sections, which were analyzed by western blot (WB), immunohistochemistry (IHC), and immunofluorescence (IF). Subgroup analysis was performed on FFPE sections from 8 marijuana users and 10 controls by IHC. Results were compared across methods for consistency.
RESULTS: In all patients, WB and IF were CB1 positive, whereas IHC was negative. Select samples were CB2 positive by WB, but failed IF and IHC applications. In subgroup analysis, 1 of 8 users and 3 of 10 nonusers were CB1 positive.
CONCLUSIONS: Interpretation of CB1/CB2 antibody data should be performed cautiously and confirmation of findings across multiple experimental methods is recommended.

PMID: 31037797 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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