The 11F2 monoclonal antibody specifically reacts with a framework epitope of the γ/δ TCR. The γ/δ TCR is a heterodimeric glycoprotein that is noncovalently associated with the CD3 antigen complex. The γ and δ TCR chains are composed of constant and variable regions, each encoded by distinct gene segments. The γ chain forms either disulfide-linked or non-disulfide-linked heterodimers with the δ-subunit. TCR γ/δ is present on a minor subset of T lymphocytes in peripheral blood, thymus, spleen, and lymph node. TCR γ/δ-positive T lymphocytes comprise 1% to 9% of normal peripheral blood lymphocytes and less than 2% of normal thymocytes. The 11F2 antibody is mitogenic for γ/δ-TCR-bearing T lymphocytes.
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.