The 21H12 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to TIM-4. TIM-4 is encoded by Timd4 (T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain containing 4). TIM-4 is also known as Spleen, mucin-containing, knockout of lymphotoxin protein (SMUCKLER). TIM-4 is a single-pass type I membrane transmembrane glycoprotein belonging to the TIM family of the immunoglobulin superfamily. TIM-4 is expressed by macrophages and at low levels by dendritic cells. TIM-4 is a phosphatidylserine receptor that enhances the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. It can also serve as a receptor for TIM-1, also known as the Hepatitis A virus cellular receptor 1 (Havcr1).
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.