The 4E5 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes Ly-49D, which is expressed on subsets of natural killer (NK) cells in C57BL/6, C3H/He (at a very low frequency), and SJL, but not DBA/2, AKR, CBA/J, or BALB/c mice. Unlike Ly-49D antigen has not been betected on NK-1.1+ (or DX5+) T cells. In 129/J mice, the 4E5 antibody cross-reacts with Ly-49O, Ly-49R, and Ly-49V. The Ly-49 family of NK-cell receptors, members of the C-type lectin superfamily, are disulfide-linked type-II transmembrane protein homodimers with extracellular carbohydrate-recognition domains, which bind to MHC class I alloantigens. The Ly-49 family members are expressed independently, such that an individual NK or T cell may display more than one class of Ly-49 receptor homodimers. Ly-49D weakly binds to MHC class I antigens of the k halpotype, and Ly-49D+ IL-2-activated NK cells lyse target cells expressing H-2[a], H-2[b], H-2[d], H-2[k], H-2[p], H-2[q], and H-2[s] and the CHO (Chinese hamster ovary) cell line. Ly-49D+ cells mediate allogenic resistance to H-2d bone marrow transplantation. In vitro studies suggest that the Ly-49D receptor mediates activation of NK-cell cytolytic activity via tyrosine phosphorylation of their ITIMs (Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based Inhibitory Motifs). Molecular differences between the Ly-49D stimulatory receptor and the inhibitory members of the Ly-49 family include the absence of an ITIM in Ly-49D, the lack of phosphorylation of Ly-49D in activated NK cells, and the association of a novel tyrosine-phosphorylated protein (pp16) with Ly-49D in activated NK cells. Ly-49O and Ly-49V are closely related to Ly-49A[B6] and, like Ly-49A, have ITIM domains. Ly-49O- and Ly-49V-transfected 293T (human kidney epithelial) cells bind tetramers of H-2D[b], D[b], D[k], and L[d]. In addition, the Ly-49V-transfected cells also bind K[b], K[d], and K[k]. Ly-49R is closely related to Ly-49D[B6] and is putative activating receptor due to its lack of an ITIM domain. Ly-49R-transfected 293T cells bind soluble tetramers of H-2D[b], D[d], D[k], and L[d].
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.