Roche Diagnostics U.S. Media Relations
BASEL, November 15, 2022 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced the launch of Anti-PRAME (EPR 20330) Rabbit Monoclonal Primary Antibody to identify PRAME protein expression in tissue samples from patients with suspected melanoma.
Because the PRAME (PReferentially expressed Antigen in MElanoma) protein is expressed in most melanomas, the PRAME (EPR20330) Antibody* is used as an aid to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions to help improve diagnostic decisions. If PRAME expression is detected, this suggests that the lesion is malignant.
Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that originates from melanocytes, which are cells in the skin and eyes that produce and contain melanin. Melanoma develops when unrepaired DNA damage to melanocytes triggers mutations that cause the melanocytes to grow rapidly and form malignant tumors. When detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.1
The first test that is used to evaluate a potential melanocytic lesion is a hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain of the patient’s tissue sample. However, not all melanomas are easily diagnosed using H&E alone. Studies suggest that the detection of PRAME expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) complements findings from routinely used tests and enables more informed clinical decisions and improved patient outcomes.2-4 In particularly challenging cases, the use of PRAME IHC may highlight abnormal cells expressing the PRAME protein and provide more confidence in the diagnosis of melanoma.
More information about PRAME will be presented at the International Academy of Pathology 2022 World Congress in Sydney, Australia, on October 14, 2022, in a session titled “The diagnostic approach to melanocytic lesions.”
The PRAME (EPR20330) Antibody is fully automated on the full line of Roche BenchMark IHC/ISH instruments. This antibody is validated for use using OptiView DAB IHC Detection, ultraView Universal DAB Detection and ultraView Universal Alkaline Phosphatase Red Detection Kits, giving added flexibility to laboratories and pathologists' preferences.
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*Anti-PRAME (EPR 20330) Rabbit Monoclonal Primary Antibody