The CerCLIP monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes the class II associated invariant chain peptides (CLIP). CLIP is the remaining segment of class II invariant chain (Ii) after proteolytic degradation which stays associated with HLA-DR and represents a final intermediate in the removal of invariant chain from class II molecules during antigen processing. The removal of CLIP and subsequent loading of the antigenic peptide is facilitated by the non-classical class II molecule HLA-DM. CLIP can be detected, in association with HLA-DR, on the surface of T2DR3, a mutant cell line lacking HLA-DM.
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.