Stage-specific embryonic antigen (SSEA)-5 is a pluripotency surface marker expressed in the blastocyst inner cell mass and on human pluripotent stem cells, including both human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). Because SSEA-5 expression rapidly decreases upon differentiation, it can be used to identify undifferentiated pluripotent stem cells. SSEA-5 can be combined with other pluripotency surface markers (e.g. CD9/CD90 or CD50/CD200) to immunodeplete remaining pluripotent stem cells from incompletely differentiated cultures.
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.