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™ BV421 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Violet family of dyes. With an Ex Max of 407-nm and Em Max at 421-nm, BD Horizon BV421 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in the standard Pacific Blue™ filter set (eg, 450/50-nm filter). BD Horizon BV421 conjugates are very bright, often exhibiting a 10 fold improvement in brightness compared to Pacific Blue conjugates.