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Product details

Synonyms = high mobility group AT-hook 2 , BABL , HMGI-C , HMGIC , LIPO , STQTL9

Antibody type = Recombinant Rabbit monoclonal / IgG

Clone = HMV-314

Positive control = Uterus, endocervix: A moderate to strong HMGA2 staining should be seen in epithelial cells of the endocervix.

Negative control = Skin: HMGA2 staining should be absent in all squamous epithelial cells.

Cellular localization = Nucleus

Reactivity = Human



Application = Immunohistochemistry
Dilution = 1:100 – 1:200
Intended Use = Research Use Only

Relevance of Antibody

HMGA2 is a key component of the enhanceosome.

Biology Behind

The high mobility group protein 2 (HMGA2) is a protein of less than 12 kDa, that consists of 108 amino acids and which is coded by the HMGA2 gene located at 12q13-15. The first three (of five) exons encode the AT-binding domain site, which can bind to AT-rich binding sites in the DNA minor groove. These bindings affect the conformation of the DNA and modify transcription by enhancing or suppressing the activities of numerous genes. As such, HMGA2 is an essential component of the enhanceosome. Instead of direct regulation, HMGA2 alters the architecture of DNA and supports the assembly of protein complexes that do regulate the transcription of genes. HMGA2 is preferentially expressed during organogenesis and – with few exceptions – it is hardly expressed in adult tissues. HMGA2 appears to be essential for cell growth regulation. A knock-out of the HMGA2 counterpart in mice results in diet-induced obesity. Specific HMGA2 mutations can lead to unusually small size in mice. Genome-wide association studies have found a relationship between height of humans and HMGA2-linked SNPs. Data suggesting a role of HMGA2 in cancer are rapidly accumulating. Aberrant expression of HMGA2 in adult tissues is commonly associated with both benign and malignant tumor formation. HMGA2 is often re-expressed in human tumors, where it promotes tumorigenesis by multiple mechanisms. HMGA2 was found to increase cancer cell proliferation, inhibit apoptosis, impact several DNA repair mechanisms, endorse epithelial-mesenchymal transition, support a cancer stem cell phenotype, and to foster cancer cell resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. Causes for HMGA2 re-expression in neoplastic tissues include gene fusion, amplification, regulation by specific miRNAs, and other mechanisms.

Staining Pattern in Normal Tissues

Images describing the HMGA2 staining pattern in normal tissues obtained by the antibody HMV-314 are shown in our “Normal Tissue Gallery”.

Brain Cerebrum Negative.
Cerebellum Negative.
Endocrine Tissues Thyroid Most follicular cells show a faint to weak nuclear HMGA2 staining.
Parathyroid Some epithelial cell groups show a moderate to strong nuclear HMGA2 staining
Adrenal gland Negative.
Pituitary gland Weak to moderate nuclear HMGA2 staining of pituicytes. Adenohypophysis is HMGA2 negative.
Respiratory system Respiratory epithelium Strong nuclear HMGA2 staining of most respiratory epithelial cells.
Lung Negative.
Gastrointestinal Tract Salivary glands Negative.
Esophagus Negative.
Stomach Weak to moderate nuclear HMGA2 positivity of a fraction of glandular cells.
Duodenum Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of duodenal crypt cells. Moderate HMGA2 positivity of Brunner glands.
Small intestine Very faint nuclear HMGA2 positivity of some epithelial cells.
Appendix Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of epithelial cells.
Colon Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of epithelial cells.
Rectum Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of epithelial cells.
Liver Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of bile duct epithelial cells. Hepatocytes are negative.
Gallbladder Negative.
Pancreas Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of acinar and ductal (small ducts) cells.
Genitourinary Kidney Moderate nuclear HMGA2 staining of tubular cells in areas of tissue damage. Faint nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of collecting duct cells.
Urothelium Few urothelial cells show a weak nuclear HMGA2 positivity.
Male genital Prostate Negative.
Seminal vesicles Strong nuclear HMGA2 staining of a large fraction of acinar glandular cells.
Testis Weak to moderate nuclear HMGA2 staining of a spermatocytes and of spermatozoa.
Epididymis Weak nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of epithelial cells in the cauda while cells in the corpus are HMGA2 negative.
Female genital Breast Negative.
Uterus, myometrium Negative.
Uterus, ectocervix Negative.
Uterus endocervix Strong nuclear HMGA2 staining of epithelial cells.
Uterus, endometrium Weak to moderate nuclear HMGA2 staining of a subset of epithelial cells.
Fallopian Tube Strong nuclear HMGA2 staining of most epithelial cells.
Ovary Negative.
Placenta early Strong nuclear HMGA2 staining of stroma cells. Trophoblast cells remain HMGA2 negative.
Placenta mature Some nuclear HMGA2 staining of trophoblast cells in some samples. Stroma cells are HMGA2 negative.
Amnion Strong nuclear HMGA2 positivity of amnion cells.
Chorion Negative.
Skin Epidermis Negative.
Sebaceous glands Negative.
Muscle/connective tissue Heart muscle Negative.
Skeletal muscle Weak HMGA2 staining of some myocytes
Smooth muscle Negative.
Vessel walls Negative.
Fat Negative.
Stroma Negative.
Endothelium Negative.
Bone marrow/ lymphoid tissue Bone marrow Moderate nuclear HMGA2 staining of a fraction of cells.
Lymph node Negative.
Spleen Negative.
Thymus Negative.
Tonsil Negative.
Remarks HMGA2 staining appears to occur in areas of tissue damage.

The findings described above are thus consistent with the RNA data described in the Human Protein Atlas (Tissue expression HMGA2)


Positive control = Uterus, endocervix: A moderate to strong HMGA2 staining should be seen in epithelial cells of the endocervix.

Negative control = Skin: HMGA2 staining should be absent in all squamous epithelial cells.


Normal tissue gallery

Staining Pattern in Relevant Tumor Types

HMGA2 is expressed in various different tumor entities.

The TCGA findings on HGMA2 RNA expression in different tumor categories have been summarized in the Human Protein Atlas.



Cancer tissue gallery

Compatibility of Antibodies

No data available at the moment

Protocol Recommendations

IHC users have different preferences on how the stains should look like. Some prefer high staining intensity of the target stain and even accept some background. Others favor absolute specificity and lighter target stains. Factors that invariably lead to more intense staining include higher concentration of the antibody and visualization tools, longer incubation time, higher temperature during incubation, higher temperature and longer duration of the heat induced epitope retrieval (slide pretreatment). The impact of the pH during slide pretreatment has variable effects and depends on the antibody and the target protein.


All images and data shown here and in our image galleries are obtained by the manual protocol described below. Other protocols resulting in equivalent staining are described as well.


Manual protocol

Freshly cut sections should be used (less than 10 days between cutting and staining). Heat-induced antigen retrieval for 5 minutes in an autoclave at 121°C in pH 7,8 Target Retrieval Solution buffer. Apply HMV-314 at a dilution of 1:150 at 37°C for 60 minutes. Visualization of bound antibody by the EnVision Kit (Dako, Agilent) according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Potential Research Applications

  • The diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive relevance of HMGA2 expression measurement in tumors and in preneoplastic disease needs to be investigated. 
  • HMGA2 is considered a potential therapeutic target.

Evidence for Antibody Specificity in IHC

There are two ways how the specificity of antibodies can be documented for immunohistochemistry on formalin fixed tissues. These are: 1. Comparison with a second independent method for target expression measurement across a large number of different tissue types (orthogonal strategy), and 2. Comparison with one or several independent antibodies for the same target and showing that all positive staining results are also seen with other antibodies for the same target (independent antibody strategy). 


Orthogonal validation: For the antibody HMV-314 specificity is suggested by the strong concordance of the immunostaining data with data from three independent RNA screening studies, including the Human Protein Atlas (HPA) RNA-seq tissue dataset, the FANTOM5 project, and the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project, which are all summarized in the Human Protein Atlas (Tissue expression HMGA2). HMGA2 positivity by HMV-314 is detectable in almost all tissues with documented HMGA2 RNA expression (thyroid, pituitary gland, stomach, colorectum, appendix, small intestine, duodenum, pancreas, testis, cervix uteri, endometrium, fallopian tube, and bone marrow). Ovary and the skin were the only organs with previously described RNA expression but absence of HMGA2 staining by HMV-314. Tissues without previously documented HMGA2 RNA expression but HMGA2 positivity by the antibody HMV-314 had either very few positive cells that were probably not detected in RNA studies (bile ducts in the liver, some tubuli and collecting ducts in the kidney, distinct groups of epithelial cells in the parathyroid, amnion and stroma cells of the placenta, acinar glandular cells of the seminal vesicle, and a fraction of epithelial cells in the cauda epididymis) or were previously not analyzed on the RNA level (respiratory epithelial cells).


Comparison of antibodies: True expression of HMGA2 in all cell types found to be HMGA2 positive by HMV-314 is corroborated by identical stainings of all positive cell types by another commercially available antibody (termed “validation antibody”). With this “validation antibody” an HMGA2 staining in the ovary or the skin could also not be achieved for the tissues analyzed. Independence of the validation antibody is documented by cytoplasmic staining of the granular cell layer in keratinizing squamous epithelium and a granular cytoplasmic apical staining in GIT epithelium which was only seen by the validation antibody and not by HMV-314. These stainings are considered antibody specific cross-reactivities of the validation antibody.



Normal tissue gallery