Clone MY31 specifically recognizes the human form of the 220/135 kDa heavily glycosylated antigen, CD56, found on a subpopulation of peripheral blood large granular lymphocytes which demonstrate natural killer cell activity, but not on myeloid cells, erythrocytes or B cells. This clone also cross-reacts with a subset of peripheral blood lymphocytes of baboon, and both rhesus and cynomolgus macaque monkeys. The distribution on lymphocytes is similar to that observed with peripheral blood lymphocytes from normal human donors, with a subset of CD16+ cells co-expressing CD56. In contrast to what is observed with human peripheral blood cells, however, clone MY31 also reacts with a major subset of non-human primate CD14+ monocytes. Studies in rhesus macaque monkeys suggest that CD56 reacts with monocytes and not natural killer cells.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV496 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 496-nm. BD Horizon BUV496 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 515/30 nm filter with a 450LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by other laser lines, there may be significant spillover into the channel detecting BD Horizon V500 or BV510 (eg, 525/40-nm filter). However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.