The KJ23 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes Vβ 17[a] T-cell Receptor (TCR) of mice having the a haplotype (eg,C57L, SJL, SWR) of the Tcrb gene complex. Strains having the b (eg, A, AKR, BALB/c, CBA,C3H/He, C57BL, C58, DBA/1, DBA/2) Tcrb haplotype do not express functional Vβ 17 TCR, and the Tcrb-V17 gene locus is deleted in mice having the c (eg, RIII) haplotype. Vβ 17[a] TCR-bearing Tlymphocytes are clonally eliminated in mice expressing I-E (eg, C57BR). KJ23 antibody also recognizes two phenotypic variants of the Vβ 17[a] TCR: Vβ 17[a2] expressed in a variety of wild-derivedmouse strains and Vβ 17[a(cz)] expressed in Mtv-free CZ mice. The effects of Mtv-encoded superantigens upon Vβ 17[a] TCR-bearing T cells has been reviewed. Plate-bound KJ23 antibody activates Vβ 17[a] TCR-bearing T cells, and injection of the antibody can deplete Vβ 17[a]-bearing Tcells.
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.