The BM16 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD294. CD294 is encoded by PTGDR2 (Prostaglandin D2 receptor 2) and is also known as CRTH2 (chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on Th2 cells), GPR44 (G protein-coupled receptor 44), DL1R, and DP2. CD294 is a member of the G protein-coupled leukocyte chemoattractant receptor family. CD294 is expressed on Th2 cells and type-2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2), but not Th1 type cells. CD294 is detectable on CD4+ T cells in fresh PBMC but not on B cells and NK cells. CD294 is also expressed on peripheral blood basophils and eosinophils, suggesting its involvement allergic reactions. Phenotypic analysis of CD4+ T cells expressing CRTH2 demonstrated that they were also CD45RA-negative and CD45RO+ and CD25+. These cells produce Th2- but little or no Th1-type cytokines upon stimulation with PMA and Ionomycin.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon Red 718, which has been developed exclusively for BD Biosciences as a better alternative to Alexa Fluor® 700. BD Horizon Red 718 can be excited by the red laser (628 – 640 nm) and, with an Em Max around 718 nm, it can be detected using a 730/45 nm filter. Due to similar excitation and emission properties, we do not recommend using R718 in combination with APC-R700 or Alexa Fluor® 700.