The MECA-89 antibody specifically recognizes the mucosal vascular addressin cell adhesion molecule (MAdCAM-1). In the fetus and neonate, MAdCAM-1 is the predominant vascular addressin on the high endothelial venules (HEV) of peripheral lymph nodes. In adult mice, MAdCAM-1 is preferentially expressed in mucosal lymphoid tissues and lamina propria; it is also expressed on sinus-lining cells in the spleen. MAdCAM-1 expression is upregulated on the HEV of peripheral lymph nodes in adult NOD mice and is involved in the development of diabetes and insulitis. Furthermore, there is evidence that IFN-γ can induce MAdCAM-1 expression in non-mucosal sites in adult mice. MAdCAM-1 is a predominant ligand for integrin α4β7, a lymphocyte mucosal homing receptor, and a facultative ligand for CD62L (L-selectin). MECA-89 mAb binds to the second domain of MAdCAM-1 and does not block MAdCAM-1-dependent binding in vitro. Source of the immunogen was endothelial cells from BALB/c mouse mesenteric and peripheral lymph nodes.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV496 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BUV395 with an Ex Max of 348-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 496-nm. BD Horizon BUV496 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 515/30 nm filter with a 450LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by other laser lines, there may be significant spillover into the channel detecting BD Horizon V500 or BV510 (eg, 525/40-nm filter). However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.