The 17F9 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the 170-180 kDa transmembrane glycoprotein (P-glycoprotein), a product of the multidrug resistance-1 (MDR1) gene. This glycoprotein is expressed on MDR positive cells and has been reported to be expressed on many normal tissues, such as adrenal glands and endothelium, in the brain and skin. P-glycoprotein is known to impart drug resistance to cells by pumping many anti-cancer drugs out of the cytoplasm. 17F9 antibody is able to partially block the binding of UIC2 antibody (another MDR-specific monoclonal antibody).
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV805 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 805 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV805 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 820/60 filter and a 770LP.