The 15D3 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes P-glycoprotein which is also known as CD243, ATP-binding cassette subfamily B member 1 (ABCB1) or Multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1). P-glycoprotein is a ~170 kDa transmembrane glycoprotein protein that spans the membrane 12 times. P-glycoprotein acts as an ATP-dependent efflux pump for a large variety of drugs. It may be expressed at high levels by multidrug resistant (MDR) tumor cells. This efflux activity may lead to cellular resistance to the drugs used in chemotherapy. P-glycoprotein is present in many normal cell types including endothelial, epithelial, or secretory cells, and might protect them from naturally occurring xenobiotics.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BV650 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Violet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BV421 with an Ex Max of 405-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 650-nm. BD Horizon BV650 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in a filter used to detect APC-like dyes (eg, 660/20-nm filter). Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there will be spillover into the APC and Alexa Fluor® 700 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.