The TU66 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes human CD39 which is also known as Ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase 1 (NTPDase 1), Ecto-ATP diphosphohydrolase 1 (Ecto-ATPDase 1), or Ecto-apyrase. CD39 is an integral membrane glycoprotein with two transmembrane domains, N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic tails, and an extracellular region that contains the NTPDase 1 active site. CD39 is encoded by ENTPD1 which belongs to the ectoenzyme family. CD39 is variably expressed on activated T cells and B cells, regulatory T cells (Treg), dendritic cells, Langerhans cells, NK cells, monocytes, macrophages, endothelial cells, and granulocytes. CD39 acts on extracellular nucleoside triphosphates and diphosphates including ATP and ADP that are hydrolyzed into AMP. Through cell surface CD73 (Ecto-5'-nucleotidase), regulatory T cells can act on extracellular AMP to generate immunosuppressive adenosine. CD39 is involved in the control of the extracellular pool of phosphorylated nucleosides, the suppression of inflammation and immunity, and the regulation of platelet activation.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BUV395 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye has been exclusively developed by BD Biosciences to have minimal spillover into other detectors, making it an optimal choice for multicolor flow cytometry. With an Ex Max at 348 nm and an Em Max at 395 nm, BD Horizon BUV395 can be excited with a 355 nm laser and detected with a 379/28 filter.