The 3A9 monoclonal antibody recognizes CD195, which is also known as the chemokine receptor, CCR5, a seven transmembrane-spanning G protein-associated molecule. The 3A9 antibody also reportedly cross-reacts with human CCR8. Results of epitope mapping and sequence comparison between CCR5 and CCR8 reveals that the first three amino acid residues for these two receptors are identical: MDY (Met-Asp-Tyr). CCR5 belongs to the β-chemokine receptor family. It is expressed on subsets of T lymphocytes, NK cells, monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells. CCR5 regulates lymphocyte chemotaxis activation and transendothelial migration during inflammation. It signals a response to at least three chemokines: RANTES and macrophage inflammatory protein-1 (MIP-1) α and β. Additionally, CCR5 has been found to be a co-receptor for macrophage-tropic HIV-1 on CD4+ cells, a characteristic that is important in viral transmission. Reports indicate that individuals who have partial (heterozygous) or complete (homozygous) deletion of the CCR5 allele, demonstrate resistance to HIV infection. CCR5 has been clustered as CD195 in the VIIth HLDA workshop.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV661 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BUV395 with an Ex Max of 348-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 661-nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV661 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 670/25 filter and a 630 nm LP. Due to cross laser excitation of this dye, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting APC-like emissions (eg, 670/25-nm filter).
Due to spectral differences between labeled cells and beads, using BD™ CompBeads can result in incorrect spillover values when used with BD Horizon BUV661 reagents. Therefore, the use of BD CompBeads or BD CompBeads Plus to determine spillover values for these reagents is not recommended. Different BUV661 reagents (eg, CD4 vs. CD45) can have slightly different fluorescence spillover therefore, it may also be necessary to use clone-specific compensation controls when using these reagents.