The 346-11A monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes an epitope at the beginning of the cysteine-rich repeat region of the 200-kDa integrin β4 chain (CD104), which is found on the cell surface as a heterodimeric complex with the integrin α6 chain (CD49f). The α6β4 (CD49f/CD104) complex binds to laminins and is expressed on the basal surface of a variety of epithelial cell types, particularly on stratified squamous epithelia, and is also found in peripheral nerves, in certain subsets of endothelial cells, and on immature thymocytes. It has also been identified on a number of tumor tissues and participates in tumor progression events. Localization of both human and mouse epidermal α6β4 integrin to hemidesmosomes suggests that this heterodimer plays a role in epidermal adhesion to the basement membrane.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BUV615 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome with an Ex Max near 350 nm and an Em Max near 615 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV615 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 610/20 filter and a 595 nm LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by the blue/yellow-green laser line, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting PE-CF594 like emissions (eg, 610/20-nm filter).