The N418 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD11c, the Integrin alpha X (Integrin αX, Itgax) chain of the heterodimeric gp150, 95 (CD11c/CD18, αXβ2) integrin that forms the complement receptor 4 (CR4). CD11c is a150 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is expressed on dendritic cells, CD4-CD8+ intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (IEL), and some NK cells and T cells. CD11c expression is upregulated on IEL and T cells following activation. Cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage have been reported to express low levels of CD11c. The CD11c/CD18 integrin can bind to several ligands including iC3b, fibrinogen, and CD54. This integrin reportedly plays important roles in phagocytosis and in mediating cellular interactions during inflammation.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV563 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BUV395 which has an Ex Max of 348 nm and an acceptor dye. The tandem has an Em Max at 563 nm. BD Horizon BUV563 can be excited by the 355 nm ultraviolet laser. On instruments with a 561 nm Yellow-Green laser, the recommended bandpass filter is 585/15 nm with a 535 nm long pass to minimize laser light leakage. When BD Horizon BUV563 is used with an instrument that does not have a 561 nm laser, a 560/40 nm filter with a 535 nm long pass may be more optimal. Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there may be spillover into the PE and PE-CF594 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.