The monoclonal antibody 3D12 reacts with the human CC chemokine receptor, CCR7. CCR7 (previously known as BLR-2, EBI-1 and CMKBR7), a seven-transmembrane, G-protein-coupled receptor, is the specific receptor for CC chemokines, MIP-3β/Exodus 3/ELC/ CCL19 and 6Ckine/Exodus 2/SLC/TCA4/CCL21. It has been shown that CCR7 mRNA is expressed mainly in lymphoid tissues including spleen, lymph nodes and tonsil. CCR7 mRNA was also detected in peripheral T and B lymphocytes, in bone marrow and cord blood CD34-positive cells and mature dendritic cells. The human CCR7 gene, unlike other CC chemokine receptor genes, has been mapped to chromosome 17q12. The immunogen used to generate 3D12 hybridoma was the N-terminus as well as parts of the second extracellular loop of human CCR7 protein. The monoclonal antibody 3D12 recognizes an epitope mapping to the N-terminus of human CCR7.
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.