The AK-7 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD49b. CD49b is also known as integrin α2 chain, VLA-α2, and GP1a. CD49b is a type I transmembrane glycoprotein and belongs to the integrin family of extracellular matrix and cell-cell adhesion receptors. CD49b is expressed on numerous cell types including platelets, activated T cells, B cells, and monocytes. CD49b noncovalently associates with CD29 to form the VLA-2 complex (integrin α2/β1). The VLA-2 complex serves as a receptor for collagen and laminin. It can regulate responses mediated by proinflammatory effector cells.
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.