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BV480 Rat Anti-Mouse CD8b.2
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BD OptiBuild™
Ly-3.2; Lyt-3.2; CD8b.2
Mouse (Tested in Development)
Rat LOU, also known as Louvain, LOU/C, LOU/M IgG1, κ
Mouse thymus or spleen
Flow cytometry (Qualified)
0.2 mg/ml
Aqueous buffered solution containing ≤0.09% sodium azide.

Preparation And Storage

Store undiluted at 4°C and protected from prolonged exposure to light. Do not freeze. The monoclonal antibody was purified from tissue culture supernatant or ascites by affinity chromatography. The antibody was conjugated with BD Horizon BV480 under optimal conditions that minimize unconjugated dye and antibody.

Recommended Assay Procedures

For optimal and reproducible results, BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer should be used anytime two or more BD Horizon Brilliant dyes are used in the same experiment.  Fluorescent dye interactions may cause staining artifacts which may affect data interpretation.  The BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer was designed to minimize these interactions.  More information can be found in the Technical Data Sheet of the BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer (Cat. No. 563794/566349) or the BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer Plus (Cat. No. 566385).

For Immunofluorescence Applications:

The use of a mounting reagent (eg, ProLong® Gold) is highly recommended to maximize the photostability of BV480.  For confocal microscopy systems, a 440 nm laser is the optimal excitation source and the recommended emission filter is a 485/20 nm bandpass filter.  

For epifluorescence microscopes with broad spectrum excitation sources,  the recommended excitation and emission filters are 445/20 nm and 485/20 nm bandpass filters, respectively.  For specific multicolor imaging applications, the exact filter configurations should be optimized by the end user. For additional instrument/filter configuration information, please visit

Product Notices

  1. This antibody was developed for use in flow cytometry.
  2. The production process underwent stringent testing and validation to assure that it generates a high-quality conjugate with consistent performance and specific binding activity. However, verification testing has not been performed on all conjugate lots.
  3. Researchers should determine the optimal concentration of this reagent for their individual applications.
  4. An isotype control should be used at the same concentration as the antibody of interest.
  5. Caution: Sodium azide yields highly toxic hydrazoic acid under acidic conditions. Dilute azide compounds in running water before discarding to avoid accumulation of potentially explosive deposits in plumbing.
  6. For fluorochrome spectra and suitable instrument settings, please refer to our Multicolor Flow Cytometry web page at
  7. Please refer to for technical protocols.
  8. BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 8,110,673; 8,158,444; 8,575,303; 8,354,239.
  9. BD Horizon Brilliant Violet 480 is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 8,575,303; 8,354,239.
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Antibody Details
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The 53-5.8 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the β chain of the CD8 differentiation antigen (Ly-3.2 or Lyt-3.2) of most mouse strains, having weak reactivity with Ly-3.1 strains (e.g., AKR, C58, MRL, PL). The CD8 α and α' chains (CD8a) form heterodimers with the CD8 β chain (CD8b, Ly-3, or Lyt-3) on the surface of most thymocytes. A subpopulation of mature T lymphocytes (i.e., MHC class I-restricted T cells, including most T suppressor/cytotoxic cells) expresses almost exclusively the CD8 αβ heterodimer (the α' chain is absent). Subsets of γδ TCR-bearing T cells, intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes, and dendritic cells express CD8a without CD8b. It has been suggested that the expression of the CD8a/CD8b heterodimer is restricted to T lymphocytes which matured in the thymus or in an extrathymic environment that had been influenced by thymus-initiated neuroendocrine signals. CD8 is an antigen coreceptor on the T-cell surface which interacts with MHC class I molecules on antigen-presenting cells. It participates in T-cell activation through its association with the T-cell receptor complex and protein tyrosine kinase lck (p56lck).

The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BV480 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Violet family of dyes. With an Ex Max of 436-nm and Em Max at 478-nm, BD Horizon BV480 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in the BD Horizon BV510 (525/40-nm) filter set.  BV480 has less spillover into the BV605 detector and, in general, is brighter than BV510.

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Format Details
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The BD Horizon Brilliant Violet™ 480 (BV480) Dye is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant Violet™ family of dyes. This polymer-technology fluorochrome has an excitation maximum (Ex Max) of 440-nm and an emission maximum (Em Max) of 479-nm. Driven by BD innovation, BV480 is designed to be excited by the violet laser (405-nm) and detected using an optical filter centered near 480-nm (e.g., a 525/50 bandpass filter). The increased fluorescence intensity of BV480 and narrower emission spectra, make it a good alternative for BV510 or V500. Due to its excitation profile, BV480 will also has less cross-laser excitation with the UV laser, resulting in less spillover into UV channels compared to BV510. Please ensure that your instrument’s configurations (lasers and optical filters) are appropriate for this dye.
Violet 405 nm
440 nm
479 nm
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Citations & References
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