Stage-specific embryonic antigen (SSEA)-5 is a pluripotency surface marker expressed in the blastocyst inner cell mass and on human pluripotent stem cells, including both human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Because SSEA-5 expression rapidly decreases upon differentiation, it can be used to identify undifferentiated pluripotent stem cells. SSEA-5 can be combined with other pluripotency surface markers (e.g. CD9/CD90 or CD50/CD200) to immunodeplete remaining pluripotent stem cells from incompletely differentiated cultures.
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.