The 1G8 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes Endothelial cell-selective adhesion molecule (ESAM). ESAM is a ~55 kDa single-pass type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is encoded by ESAM (Endothelial cell-specific adhesion molecule) which belongs to the immunoglobulin supergene superfamily (IgSF). ESAM contains an IgV-type and IgC2-type domain in its extracellular region followed by a transmembrane sequence and cytoplasmic tail. ESAM is strongly expressed on platelets, megakaryocytes, and endothelial cells at interendothelial cell junctions as well as dendritic cells. Through homophilic interactions, this interendothelial cell adhesion molecule may play roles in regulating vascular permeability and in the extravasation of leucocytes, eg, neutrophils, through blood vessel walls. ESAM is also reportedly expressed on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). ESAM-positive cell populations are enriched for multipotent myeloid erythroid progenitors and primitive progenitors with lymphopoietic activity.
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.