The J168-540 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to human CD272, also known as BTLA (B and T lymphocyte attenuator), an inhibitory receptor expressed in bone marrow and thymus on developing B and T cells. In the periphery, BTLA is expressed by B cells, T cells, bone marrow-derived dendritic cells, and macrophages. After T cell activation, BTLA appears to be expressed at higher levels on Th1 cell populations than in Th2 cell populations. Upon binding the herpesvirus entry mediator (HVEM/LIGHT-R/CD270), CD272 undergoes tyrosine phosphorylation and inhibits T cell proliferation in a BTLA-dependent manner. CD272 has structural similarities to two other lymphocyte inhibitory receptors, CTLA-4 and PD-1 and is a member of the CD28-like family of coreceptors. Based on these observations, CD272 is considered to be a negative regulator of lymphocyte activation and/or function.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BUV615 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome with an Ex Max near 350 nm and an Em Max near 615 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV615 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 610/20 filter and a 595 nm LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by the blue/yellow-green laser line, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting PE-CF594 like emissions (eg, 610/20-nm filter).