Melanoma-Associated antigen (MAGE)

The mammalian members of the melanoma-associated antigen (MAGE) gene family were originally described as completely silent in normal adult tissues, with the exception of male germ cells and, for some of them, placenta. By contrast, these genes were expressed in various kinds of tumors. MAGE-like genes have also been identified in non-mammalian species, like the zebrafish or Drosophila melanogaster.