The KT4 antibody specifically recognizes the Vβ4 T-cell Receptor (TCR) of mice having the a (e.g., C57BR, C57L, SJL, SWR), b (e.g., A, AKR, BALB/c, CBA, C3H/He, C57BL, C58, DBA/1, DBA/2), and c (e.g., RIII) haplotypes of the Tcrb gene complex. Vβ4 TCR-bearing cells are among the CD4+ autoreactive T cells which induce autoimmune thyroiditis after elimination of regulatory (CD5-bright) T-cell subsets. Plate-bound KT4 antibody activates Vβ4 TCR-bearing T cells.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BUV615 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome with an Ex Max near 350 nm and an Em Max near 615 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV615 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 610/20 filter and a 595 nm LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by the blue/yellow-green laser line, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting PE-CF594 like emissions (eg, 610/20-nm filter).