The B81-3 monoclonal antibody was raised against keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH), an antigen not expressed by mammalian cells or cell lines. Intended for use as a hamster immunoglobulin isotype control, the B81-3 antibody can be used as a negative control to help differentiate non-specific background signal when compared against a signal from a specific hamster antibody. The purified B81-3 antibody may also serve as a useful standard for some ELISA applications. KLH is a oxygen carrying metalloprotein from a species of keyhole limpet that lives off the coast of California and is often used as a carrier protein to help elicit immune responses to haptens. Since KLH is phylogenetically distant from many mammalian proteins, it often has very minimal to no cross-reactivity for many immunological assays.
This antibody is routinely tested by flow cytometric analysis. Other applications were tested at BD Biosciences Pharmingen during antibody development only or reported in the literature.