The AF6-78 antibody reacts specifically with mouse IgM of Igh-C[b] and related haplotypes (e.g., C57BL/6, C57BL/10, SJL, AKR, NZB). It does not react with IgM of Igh-C[a] or related haplotypes (e.g., BALB/c, C58, CBA, C3H/Bi, C3H/He, DBA/1, DBA/2, PL, RIII). Cross-reaction with IgM of Igh-C[e] haplotype (e.g., A/J) has been observed. AF6-78 antibody does not react with free µ heavy chain in vitro or in the cytoplasm of pre-B lymphocytes, which lack Ig light chain. It has not been shown to stimulate B-cell proliferation.
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.