The αR1 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the human platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor α (PDGFRα), also known as CD140a. CD140a is a 170 kDa single transmembrane glycoprotein expressed on fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, glial cells and chondrocytes. PDGF receptors α and β are single glycoproteins with intracellular tyrosine kinase domains. They are structurally similar to the M-CSF receptor and CD117 (c-kit). Their ligand, PDGF, is a mitogen for connective tissue cells and glial cells. PDGF plays a role in wound healing and it also acts as a chemoattractant for fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, glial cells, monocytes and neutrophils. Functional PDGF is secreted in disulfide linked, homodimeric or heterodimeric forms comprised of A or B chains (PDGFAA, PDGF-BB or PDGF-AB). Binding of divalent PDGF induces receptor dimerization with three possible forms: αα, αβ, ββ. The PDGFRα subunit binds both PDGF A and B chains, whereas the PDGFRβ subunit binds only PDGF B chains. Although both receptor subunits can stimulate mitogenic responses, only the β subunit can induce chemotaxis. The αR1 antibody is specific for PDGFRα and does not crossreact with PDGFRβ. It immunoprecipitates human, monkey, rabbit, pig, dog and cat PDGFRα. It does not recognize hamster, rat or mouse PDGFRα.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon™ BV650 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 650-nm. BD Horizon BV650 can be excited by the violet laser and detected in a filter used to detect APC-like dyes (eg, 660/20-nm filter). Due to the excitation and emission characteristics of the acceptor dye, there will be spillover into the APC and Alexa Fluor® 700 detectors. However, the spillover can be corrected through compensation as with any other dye combination.