The DX29 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to human CD278, which is also known as Inducible Costimulator (ICOS) or Inducible T-cell Costimulator. ICOS is a homodimeric type I transmembrane glycoprotein with an approximate molecular weight of 50-60 kDa. It is a member of the CD28 family and is highly expressed on activated T cells. CD278 is the receptor for ICOS-ligand (also known as, CD275, B7-H2, B7RP-1, or LICOS). Like CD28, ICOS can provide a costimulatory signal for T cell activation, proliferation and cytokine production. It is not expressed on resting or activated B cells, monocytes, NK cells, granulocytes, dendritic cells or platelets. Unlike the constitutively expressed CD28, ICOS is de novo expressed upon cellular activation. Reports describe similarities between CD28 and ICOS in T cell activation, such as the costimulation of cytokine production. However, it has been suggested that ICOS may play a greater role in IL-10 production. In the presence of IL-10, purified recombinant human ICOS protein significantly increased in vitro B cell growth stimulated by pokeweed mitogen (PWM) and enhanced production of IgG.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV563 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BUV395 which has an Ex Max of 348 nm and an acceptor dye. The tandem has an Em Max at 563 nm. BD Horizon BUV563 can be excited by the 355 nm ultraviolet laser. On instruments with a 561 nm Yellow-Green laser, the recommended bandpass filter is 585/15 nm with a 535 nm long pass to minimize laser light leakage. When BD Horizon BUV563 is used with an instrument that does not have a 561 nm laser, a 560/40 nm filter with a 535 nm long pass may be more optimal. Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there may be spillover into the PE and PE-CF594 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.