The HB7 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to human CD38. CD38 is a type II transmembrane glycoprotein of 45 kDa with a protein core of 35 kDa. The CD38 antigen is expressed on essentially all pre-B lymphocytes, plasma cells, and thymocytes. It is also present on activated T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) lymphocytes, myeloblasts, and erythroblasts. The antigen is expressed during the early stages of T- and B-lymphocyte differentiation, is lost during the intermediate stages of maturation, and then reappears during the final stages of maturation. The CD38 antigen is expressed on 90% of CD34+ cells, and is not expressed on pluripotent stem cells. Coexpression of CD38 antigen on CD34+ cells indicates lineage commitment of those cells. CD38 is a counter-receptor of CD31. It is also expressed in T- and B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Burkitt's lymphoma, multiple myeloma, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV737 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BUV395 with an Ex Max of 348-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 737-nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV737 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 740/35 filter. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by other laser lines, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting Alexa Fluor® 700-like dyes (eg, 712/20-nm filter).
Due to spectral differences between labeled cells and beads, using BD™ CompBeads can result in incorrect spillover values when used with BD Horizon BUV737 reagents. Therefore, the use of BD CompBeads or BD CompBeads Plus to determine spillover values for these reagents is not recommended. Different BUV737 reagents (eg, CD4 vs. CD45) can have slightly different fluorescence spillover therefore, it may also be necessary to use clone specific compensation controls when using these reagents.