The monoclonal antibody 3D12 reacts with the human CC chemokine receptor, CCR7. CCR7 (previously known as BLR-2, EBI-1 and CMKBR7), a seven-transmembrane, G-protein-coupled receptor, is the specific receptor for CC chemokines, MIP-3β/Exodus 3/ELC/ CCL19 and 6Ckine/Exodus 2/SLC/TCA4/CCL21. It has been shown that CCR7 mRNA is expressed mainly in lymphoid tissues including spleen, lymph nodes and tonsil. CCR7 mRNA was also detected in peripheral T and B lymphocytes, in bone marrow and cord blood CD34-positive cells and mature dendritic cells. The human CCR7 gene, unlike other CC chemokine receptor genes, has been mapped to chromosome 17q12. The immunogen used to generate 3D12 hybridoma was the N-terminus as well as parts of the second extracellular loop of human CCR7 protein. The monoclonal antibody 3D12 recognizes an epitope mapping to the N-terminus of human CCR7.
The antibody was conjugated to an oligonucleotide that contains an antibody clone-specific barcode (ABC) flanked by a poly-A tail on the 3' end and a PCR handle (PCR primer binding site) on the 5' end. The ABC for this antibody was designed to be used with other BD AbSeq oligonucleotides conjugated to other antibodies. All AbSeq ABC sequences were selected in silico to be unique from human and mouse genomes, have low predicted secondary structure, and have high Hamming distance within the BD AbSeq portfolio, to allow for sequencing error correction and unique mapping. The poly-A tail of the oligonucleotide allows the ABC to be captured by the BD Rhapsody™ system or other oligo-dT-based capture systems. The 5' PCR handle allows for efficient sequencing library generation for Illumina sequencing platforms.