The MAR-1 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes Fc-epsilon RI-alpha (FceR1 alpha, also known as FcεR1α or FcER1a) which is likewise known as the IgE Fc receptor subunit alpha. FcεR1α is a type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is encoded by Fcer1a (Fc receptor, IgE, high affinity I, alpha polypeptide) which belongs to the Ig gene superfamily. As a single IgE-binding alpha subunit, FcεR1α complexes with signal transducing subunits including one beta subunit (FcεRIβ encoded by Ms4a2) and two disulfide-linked gamma subunits (FcεRIγ encoded by Fcer1g) to form the high-affinity receptor for IgE, Fc epsilon RI (FcεR1 or FcER1). FcεR1 is expressed on basophils and mast cells. Binding of cognate antigens (allergens) to FcεR1 with bound IgE antibodies leads to cellular activation and the release of mediators, including histamine and cytokines, that are responsible for allergic reactions. Tang et al. (2019) have reported that the MAR-1 antibody crossreacts with two other mouse Fc receptor chains, FcγRI (CD64) and FcγRIV (CD16-2), that are expressed by monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, or neutrophils. They suggested MAR-1 binding is specific for FcεRIa only on mast cells and basophils and that for other cell types reactive with the MAR-1 antibody, it may be appropriate to refer to these as MAR-1-positive (MAR-1+) cells.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BB700, which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Blue family of dyes. It is a polymer-based tandem dye developed exclusively by BD Biosciences. With an excitation max of 485 nm and an emission max of 693 nm, BD Horizon BB700 can be excited by the 488 nm laser and detected in a standard PerCP-Cy™5.5 set (eg, 695/40-nm filter). This dye provides a much brighter alternative to PerCP-Cy5.5 with less cross laser excitation off the 405 nm and 355 nm lasers.