The In-1 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD74, the MHC class II-associated Invariant chain (Ii), expressed in I-A+ cell populations. Although it is predominantly expressed intracellularly, it has also been detected on the cell surface of some B-cell lines and at low levels on a small number of B lymphocytes. In the mouse, alternatively spliced transcripts encode 31-kDa and 41-kDa isoforms, and the cell-surface CD74 has a chondroitin sulfate side chain which allows it to interact with CD44. CD74 is directly involved in the intracellular transport of MHC class II molecules and antigen presentation, and it affects the maturation of T and B lymphocytes.
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.