The WTH2 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to rat CD1d and crossreacts with mouse CD1d. CD1d is a type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is noncovalently associated with β2-microglobulin. CD1d is expressed on various cell types including subsets of thymocytes, T cells, B cells, monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, endothelial cells and epithelial cells. Although structurally similar to MHC Class I antigens, CD1d molecules are rather non-polymorphic and serve to present non-peptide antigens such as endogenous or microbial glycolipids to T lymphocytes (NKT cells). The WTH1 monoclonal antibody reportedly binds to a non-overlapping epitope on rat CD1d and also crossreacts with mouse CD1d when compared with WTH2. Both WTH1 and WTH2 reportedly interfere with antigen recognition by CD1d-restricted T cells.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BUV615 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome with an Ex Max near 350 nm and an Em Max near 615 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV615 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 610/20 filter and a 595 nm LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by the blue/yellow-green laser line, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting PE-CF594 like emissions (eg, 610/20-nm filter).