Dec 1, 1977

Determination of levels of carcinoembryonic antigen and nonspecific cross-reacting antigen in the sera of neonatal infants: brief communication

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
S von KleistP Burtin


Seventy-eight sera from neonatal infants, born at full term or prematurely, were studied for their carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and nonspecific cross-reacting antigen (NCA) concentrations, which were compared to the normal adult concentrations. The levels of CEA in the sera were significantly higher in newborns than in adults: 9.05 ng CEA/ml in newborns as compared to 2.5 ng CEA/ml in adults (P=0.001). The levels of NCA in the sera were also higher in newborns: 164 ng NCA/ml in newborns as compared to 130 ng NCA/ml in adults. This difference in NCA levels was not significant, although 80% of the newborns had increased values (greater than 130 ng/ml). Whether the infant was born at full term or prematurely and whether the infant was a boy or girl had no statistically significant influence on the concentration of the CEA and the NCA in the infant.

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Determination Aspects
Carcinoembryonic Antigen Measurement
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Cross Reactions
Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase Activity
Neonatal Prematurity
PHGDH wt Allele
CEACAM5 gene

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