Clone MY31 specifically recognizes the human form of the 220/135 kDa heavily glycosylated antigen, CD56, found on a subpopulation of peripheral blood large granular lymphocytes which demonstrate natural killer cell activity, but not on myeloid cells, erythrocytes or B cells. This clone also cross-reacts with a subset of peripheral blood lymphocytes of baboon, and both rhesus and cynomolgus macaque monkeys. The distribution on lymphocytes is similar to that observed with peripheral blood lymphocytes from normal human donors, with a subset of CD16+ cells co-expressing CD56. In contrast to what is observed with human peripheral blood cells, however, clone MY31 also reacts with a major subset of non-human primate CD14+ monocytes. Studies in rhesus macaque monkeys suggest that CD56 reacts with monocytes and not natural killer cells.
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.