The V46-1954 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes mouse CD304, also known as neuropilin 1 (Nrp1). It does not cross-react with neuropilin 2 (Nrp2). CD304 is a type-1 transmembrane protein that plays important roles in neuronal development, angiogenesis, and immunosuppression. Through interactions with plexins and VEGF receptors on neurons and endothelial cells, it is a co-receptor for the class III semaphorin subfamily and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), respectively. The ability of the S1 protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus to bind to Nrp1, a potential mechanism for cellular infection, is being investigated. In the immune system, CD304 is expressed on natural (thymus-derived) Treg cells and may be responsible for the unsuccessful immune regulation of tumor growth.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BB700, which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Blue family of dyes. It is a polymer-based tandem dye developed exclusively by BD Biosciences. With an excitation max of 485 nm and an emission max of 693 nm, BD Horizon BB700 can be excited by the 488 nm laser and detected in a standard PerCP-Cy™5.5 set (eg, 695/40-nm filter). This dye provides a much brighter alternative to PerCP-Cy5.5 with less cross laser excitation off the 405 nm and 355 nm lasers.