US Classes435/7.23, Tumor cell or cancer cell435/338Binds an enzyme
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Compositions and methods for diagnosing high-grade cervical disease in a patient sample are provided. The compositions include novel monoclonal antibodies, and variants and fragments thereof, that specifically bind to MCM2. Monoclonal antibodies having the binding characteristics of an MCM2 antibody of the invention are further provided. Hybridoma cell lines that produce an MCM2 monoclonal antibody of the invention are also disclosed herein. The compositions find use in practicing methods for diagnosing high-grade cervical disease comprising detecting overexpression of MCM2 in a cervical sample from a patient. Kits for practicing the methods of the invention are further provided. Polypeptides comprising the amino acid sequence for an MCM2 epitope and methods of using these polypeptides in the production of antibodies are also encompassed by the present invention.