The TU169 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the human Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) Class II HLA-DQ1 and DQ2 antigens and weakly to HLA-DQ3. HLA-DQ antigens exits as heterodimers comprised of polymorphic transmembrane HLA-DQ alpha and beta glycoproteins. HLA-DQ is expressed primarily on B cells, monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells and activated T lymphocytes. HLA-DQ is involved in presenting peptidic antigens to CD4+ T lymphocytes. This antibody does not cross-react with HLA-DR2 and HLA-DR7. This antibody fixes complement.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon Red 718, which has been developed exclusively for BD Biosciences as a better alternative to Alexa Fluor® 700. BD Horizon Red 718 can be excited by the red laser (628 – 640 nm) and, with an Em Max around 718 nm, it can be detected using a 730/45 nm filter. Due to similar excitation and emission properties, we do not recommend using R718 in combination with APC-R700 or Alexa Fluor® 700.