The V46-1954 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes mouse CD304, also known as neuropilin 1 (Nrp1). It does not cross-react with neuropilin 2 (Nrp2). CD304 is a type-1 transmembrane protein that plays important roles in neuronal development, angiogenesis, and immunosuppression. Through interactions with plexins and VEGF receptors on neurons and endothelial cells, it is a co-receptor for the class III semaphorin subfamily and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), respectively. The ability of the S1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus to bind to Nrp1, a potential mechanism for cellular infection, is being investigated. In the immune system, CD304 is expressed on natural (thymus-derived) Treg cells and may be responsible for the unsuccessful immune regulation of tumor growth.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BV650 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Violet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BV421 with an Ex Max of 405-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 650-nm. BD Horizon BV650 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in a filter used to detect APC-like dyes (eg, 660/20-nm filter). Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there will be spillover into the APC and Alexa Fluor™ 700 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.