The 515 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD44. CD44 is an 80-95 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein, also known as Phagocytic glycoprotein-1 (Pgp-1), or Extracellular matrix receptor type III (ECMR-III). CD44 is a member of the hyaladherin family of hyaluronan-binding proteins, with structural similarities to selectins. CD44 is the receptor for hyaluronic acid. CD44 is expressed on leucocytes, erythrocytes, epithelial cells and weakly on platelets. CD44 has functional roles in cell migration, lymphocyte homing and adhesion during hematopoiesis and lymphocyte activation. The 515 monoclonal antibody can reportedly block cellular adhesion to hyaluronic acid.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV805 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 805 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV805 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 820/60 filter and a 770LP.