The 5B11 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes mouse CD123, the α chain subunit (IL-3Rα) of the mouse IL-3 receptor. The IL-3Rα chain is a 60-70 kD transmembrane glycoprotein that binds IL-3 with low affinity but cannot transduce signals by itself. The mouse IL-3Rα chain can complex with either of two homologous β chain subunits (βc and βIL-3) to form high-affinity heterodimeric IL-3 receptors. The βc chain is the common β chain subunit that can complex with the α subunits of the mouse IL-3R, IL-5R and GM-CSFR to form high-affinity receptors. The βIL-3 subunit can form high affinity IL-3 receptor complexes with only the IL-3Rα subunit. The βIL-3 subunit clone is specific for mouse IL-3 and binds with low affinity. The immunogen used to generate the 5B11 hybridoma was CTLL cells transfected with the mouse IL-3R alpha chain. The 5B11 antibody does not block the binding of IL-3 protein to the high affinity IL-3 receptor heterodimer.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV737 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 737-nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV737 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 740/35 filter. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by other laser lines, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting Alexa Fluor® 700-like dyes (eg, 712/20-nm filter).
Due to spectral differences between labeled cells and beads, using BD™ CompBeads can result in incorrect spillover values when used with BD Horizon BUV737 reagents. Therefore, the use of BD CompBeads or BD CompBeads Plus to determine spillover values for these reagents is not recommended. Different BUV737 reagents (eg, CD4 vs. CD45) can have slightly different fluorescence spillover therefore, it may also be necessary to use clone specific compensation controls when using these reagents.