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BV711 Mouse Anti-Human CD4 v4
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BD OptiBuild™
L3T4; T-cell surface antigen T4/Leu-3; W3/25; CD4 antigen (p55)
Human (Tested in Development)
Mouse BALB/c IgG1
Human Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes
Flow cytometry (Qualified)
0.2 mg/ml
Aqueous buffered solution containing ≤0.09% sodium azide.

Preparation and Storage

Store undiluted at 4°C and protected from prolonged exposure to light. Do not freeze. The monoclonal antibody was purified from tissue culture supernatant or ascites by affinity chromatography. The antibody was conjugated with BD Horizon BV711 under optimal conditions that minimize unconjugated dye and antibody.


For optimal and reproducible results, BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer should be used anytime two or more BD Horizon Brilliant dyes (including BD OptiBuild Brilliant reagents) are used in the same experiment.  Fluorescent dye interactions may cause staining artifacts which may affect data interpretation.  The BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer was designed to minimize these interactions.  More information can be found in the Technical Data Sheet of the BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer (Cat. No. 563794).

Product Notices

  1. This antibody was developed for use in flow cytometry.
  2. The production process underwent stringent testing and validation to assure that it generates a high-quality conjugate with consistent performance and specific binding activity. However, verification testing has not been performed on all conjugate lots.
  3. Researchers should determine the optimal concentration of this reagent for their individual applications.
  4. An isotype control should be used at the same concentration as the antibody of interest.
  5. Caution: Sodium azide yields highly toxic hydrazoic acid under acidic conditions. Dilute azide compounds in running water before discarding to avoid accumulation of potentially explosive deposits in plumbing.
  6. For fluorochrome spectra and suitable instrument settings, please refer to our Multicolor Flow Cytometry web page at
  7. Please refer to for technical protocols.
  8. BD Horizon Brilliant Stain Buffer is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 8,110,673; 8,158,444; 8,575,303; 8,354,239.
  9. BD Horizon Brilliant Violet 711 is covered by one or more of the following US patents: 8,110,673; 8,158,444; 8,227,187; 8,455,613; 8,575,303; 8,354,239.
  10. Cy is a trademark of GE Healthcare.
  11. Alexa Fluor® is a registered trademark of Life Technologies Corporation.
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The L120 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes CD4. CD4 is an ~59 kDa type I transmembrane glycoprotein that belongs to the Ig gene superfamily. CD4 is expressed on helper-inducer subset of T lymphocytes and monocytes. The CD4 antigen is involved in the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class II-restricted recognition of foreign antigens and has been identified as a receptor for HIV. The L120 antibody recognizes amino acids 306-370 of the antigen and does not block the binding of the gp120 of HIV, but inhibits the proliferation of CD4 T lymphocytes to MHC class II antigens. The CD4 antigen is present on most thymocytes, approximately 40% of peripheral blood lymphocytes, and at lower density on monocytes. Peripheral blood CD4+ T lymphocytes are lost over time during HIV infection, and this loss is correlated with disease progression.

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.

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The BD Horizon Brilliant Violet™ 711 (BV711) Dye is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant Violet™ family of dyes. This tandem fluorochrome is comprised of a BV421 donor with an excitation maximum (Ex Max) of 407-nm and an acceptor dye with an emission maximum (Em Max) at 713-nm. BV711, driven by BD innovation, is designed to be excited by the violet laser (405-nm) and detected using an optical filter centered near 710-nm (e.g., a 712/20-nm bandpass filter). The acceptor dye can be excited by the Red (628–640-nm) laser resulting in cross-laser excitation and fluorescence spillover. Please ensure that your instrument’s configurations (lasers and optical filters) are appropriate for this dye.
Violet 405 nm
407 nm
713 nm
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Development References (12)

  1. Dalgleish AG, Beverley PC, Clapham PR, Crawford DH, Greaves MF, Weiss RA. The CD4 (T4) antigen is an essential component of the receptor for the AIDS retrovirus.. Nature. 312(5996):763-7. (Biology). View Reference
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  3. Evans RL, Wall DW, Platsoucas CD, et al. Thymus-dependent membrane antigens in man: inhibition of cell-mediated lympholysis by monoclonal antibodies to TH2 antigen. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1981; 78(1):544-548. (Biology). View Reference
  4. Kotzin BL, Benike CJ, Engleman EG. Induction of immunoglobulin-secreting cells in the allogeneic mixed leukocyte reaction: regulation by helper and suppressor lymphocyte subsets in man. J Immunol. 1981; 127(9):931-935. (Biology). View Reference
  5. Ledbetter JA, Evans RL, Lipinski M, Cunningham-Rundles C, Good RA, Herzenberg LA. Evolutionary conservation of surface molecules that distinguish T lymphocyte helper/inducer and cytotoxic/suppressor subpopulations in mouse and man. J Exp Med. 1981; 153(2):310-323. (Biology). View Reference
  6. Lewis DE, Puck JM, Babcock GF, Rich RR. Disproportionate expansion of a minor T cell subset in patients with lymphadenopathy syndrome and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.. J Infect Dis. 1985; 151(3):555-9. (Biology). View Reference
  7. Maddon PJ, Dalgleish AG, McDougal JS, Clapham PR, Weiss RA, Axel R. The T4 gene encodes the AIDS virus receptor and is expressed in the immune system and the brain.. Cell. 1986; 47(3):333-48. (Biology). View Reference
  8. Merkenschlager M, Buck D, Beverley PC, Sattentau QJ. Functional epitope analysis of the human CD4 molecule. The MHC class II-dependent activation of resting T cells is inhibited by monoclonal antibodies to CD4 regardless whether or not they recognize epitopes involved in the binding of MHC class II or HIV gp120.. J Immunol. 1990; 145(9):2839-45. (Clone-specific: Functional assay). View Reference
  9. Ohno T, Kanoh T, Suzuki T, et al. Comparative analysis of lymphocyte phenotypes between carriers of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and adult patients with primary immunodeficiency using two-color immunofluorescence flow cytometry.. Tohoku J Exp Med. 1988; 154(2):157-72. (Biology). View Reference
  10. Reichert T, DeBruyere M, Deneys V, et al. Lymphocyte subset reference ranges in adult Caucasians. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1991; 60(2):190-208. (Biology). View Reference
  11. Sattentau QJ, Dalgleish AG, Weiss RA, Beverley PC. Epitopes of the CD4 antigen and HIV infection. Science. 1986; 234(4780):1120-1123. (Biology). View Reference
  12. Stites DP, Casavant CH, McHugh TM, et al. Flow cytometric analysis of lymphocyte phenotypes in AIDS using monoclonal antibodies and simultaneous dual immunofluorescence.. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1986; 38(2):161-77. (Biology). View Reference
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