The monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes CD33, a human myelomonocytic antigen which is also known as Sialic acid-binding Ig-like lectin 3 (Siglec-3 or SIGLEC3). CD33 is a 67 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein that belongs to the Ig supergene family. The CD33 antigen is present on monocytes (bright) and granulocytes (dim). Granulocytes can be further subdivided into neutrophil, eosinophil, and basophil populations based on CD33 staining in combination with other cell-surface antigens. The CD33 antigen is also found on CFU-Mix, CFU-GM, CFU-Meg, a portion of BFU-E, myeloblasts, promyelocytes, myelocytes, and metamyelocytes, but not on earlier precursors. The CD33 antigen is expressed on blast cells in greater than 85% of acute myeloid leukemias (AML), and it can be aberrantly expressed in acute lymphoblastic leukemias (ALL). Normal lymphocytes, platelets, and erythrocytes do not express the CD33 antigen. CD33 can reportedly function as a sialic acid-dependent cell adhesion molecule and this function can be modulated by endogenous sialoglycoconjugates when CD33 is expressed on the membrane.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BV711 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Violet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome of BD Horizon BV421 with an Ex Max of 405-nm and an acceptor dye with an Em Max at 711-nm. BD Horizon BV711 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in a filter used to detect Cy™5.5 / Alexa Fluor® 700-like dyes (eg, 712/20-nm filter). Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there may be moderate spillover into the Alexa Fluor® 700 and PerCP-Cy5.5 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.