The VIM15 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD92 which is also known as Solute carrier family 44 member 1 (SLC44A1), or Choline transporter-like protein 1 (CHTL1). CD92 is a multipass membrane glycoprotein that belongs to the choline transporter-like family. It contains a tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) in its cytoplasmic C-terminus. CD92 appears to be involved in choline transport for cell membrane phospholipid synthesis and in regulatory cell-signaling pathways. CD92 is strongly expressed by monocytes and at lower levels by granulocytes and some dendritic cells. It is generally expressed at low levels by B cells, endothelial cells, epithelial cells, and subsets of T cells, or NK cells. The VIM15 antibody has been shown to augment lipopolysaccharide-induced IL-10 production by monocyte-derived dendritic cells (Mo-DC). When cultured with ionomycin or calcium ionophore, maturing Mo-DC showed downregulation of CD92 expression.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BB700, which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Blue family of dyes. It is a polymer-based tandem dye developed exclusively by BD Biosciences. With an excitation max of 485 nm and an emission max of 693 nm, BD Horizon BB700 can be excited by the 488 nm laser and detected in a standard PerCP-Cy™5.5 set (eg, 695/40-nm filter). This dye provides a much brighter alternative to PerCP-Cy5.5 with less cross laser excitation off the 405 nm and 355 nm lasers.