The mAb I3/2.3 recognizes mouse CD45, which is also known as the leukocyte common antigen (L-CA or LCA), T200, or Lymphocyte antigen 5 (Ly-5). CD45 is a 180-240 kDa single-pass type I transmembrane glycoprotein that is encoded by Ptprc (protein tyrosine phosphatase, receptor type, C) which belongs to the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) family. CD45 is variably expressed on thymocytes and other hematopoietic cells except mature erythrocytes and platelets. Different isoforms of CD45 arise from alternative splicing of variable exons 4, 5, and 6, which encode A, B, and C determinants, respectively, that encode extracellular domains of the transmembrane receptor. The differential expression of these isoforms is related to the cell's lineage as well as its state of activation and maturation. The mAb I3/2.3 reportedly recognizes all CD45 isoforms. CD45 plays key roles as a protein tyrosine-protein phosphatase in leucocyte responses including signal pathways transduced by antigen specific receptors expressed on T cells (TCRs) and B cells (BCRs).