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R718 Mouse Anti-Human CD238
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BD OptiBuild™
KEL; KELL; Kell blood group, metallo-endopeptidase; ECE3
Human (Tested in Development)
Mouse IgG1, κ
Human erythrocytes
Flow cytometry (Qualified)
0.2 mg/ml
VII 70565
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 to the dye under optimum conditions that minimize unconjugated dye and antibody.


BD™ CompBeads can be used as surrogates to assess fluorescence spillover (Compensation). When fluorochrome conjugated antibodies are bound to BD CompBeads, they have spectral properties very similar to cells. However, for some fluorochromes there can be small differences in spectral emissions compared to cells, resulting in spillover values that differ when compared to biological controls. It is strongly recommended that when using a reagent for the first time, users compare the spillover on cells and BD CompBead to ensure that BD CompBeads are appropriate for your specific cellular application.

Product Notices

  1. Researchers should determine the optimal concentration of this reagent for their individual applications.
  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. An isotype control should be used at the same concentration as the antibody of interest.
  4. 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.
  5. Alexa Fluor® is a registered trademark of Life Technologies Corporation.
  6. Please refer to to access safety data sheets (SDS).
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BRIC 203

The BRIC 203 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the Kell blood group antigen, Kp(a-b+) but not Kp(a+b-),  also known as the Kell blood group metallo-endopeptidase, KELL, ECE3 and CD238. CD238 is an approximately 115-kDa type II transmembrane glycoprotein that is encoded by the KEL gene. CD238 functions as a zinc endopeptidase that cleaves endothelin-3 into an active form which can function as a vasoconstrictor. CD238 is expressed on erythrocytes, human embryonic stem cell-derived endoderm and on cells from various other tissues, including testis, heart, brain and skeletal muscle. Decreased expression of CD238 is associated with the McLeod phenotype as a consequence of losing XK protein expression. Kell antigen expression can play an important role during blood transfusions and also specific autoimmune diseases related to Kell antigen recognition. During development the BRIC 203 monoclonal antibody was found to detect the CD238 antigen by flow cytometric analysis of human erythrocytes. It reportedly works in immunoprecipitation and agglutination assays.

The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon Red 718, which has been developed exclusively for BD Biosciences as a better alternative to Alexa Fluor® 700. BD Horizon Red 718 can be excited by the red laser (628 – 640 nm) and, with an Em Max around 718 nm, it can be detected using a 730/45 nm filter. Due to similar excitation and emission properties, we do not recommend using R718 in combination with APC-R700 or Alexa Fluor® 700.

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The BD Horizon™ Red 718 (R718) Dye is part of the BD red family of dyes. It is a small organic fluorochrome with an excitation maximum (Ex Max) at 695-nm and an emission maximum (Em Max) at 718-nm. Driven by BD innovation, R718 is designed to be excited by the red laser (627–640-nm) and detected using an optical filter centered near 720-nm (e.g., a 720/40-nm bandpass filter). R718 is a brighter alternative to Alexa Fluor™ 700. R718 is also a bright small molecule alternative to APC-R700 with lower spread into the APC detector. Please ensure that your instrument’s configurations (lasers and optical filters) are appropriate for this dye.
Red 627-640 nm
695 nm
718 nm
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Development References (4)

  1. Jung HH, Hergersberg M, Vogt M, et al. McLeod phenotype associated with a XK missense mutation without hematologic, neuromuscular, or cerebral involvement. Transfusion. 2003; 43(7):928-938. (Clone-specific: Flow cytometry). View Reference
  2. Parsons SF, Gardner B, Anstee DJ. Monoclonal antibodies against Kell glycoprotein: serology, immunochemistry and quantification of antigen sites. Transfus Med. 1993; 3(2):137-142. (Immunogen). View Reference
  3. Wang P, Rodriguez RT, Wang J, Ghodasara A, Kim SK. Targeting SOX17 in Human Embryonic Stem Cells Creates Unique Strategies for Isolating and Analyzing Developing Endoderm. Cell Stem Cell. 2011; 8:335-346. (Biology). View Reference
  4. van der Schoot CE, Baardman R, Lighthart P, de Jong I, von dem Borne AEK, de Haas M. CD238 - Kell. In: Mason D. David Mason .. et al., ed. Leucocyte typing VII : white cell differentiation antigens : proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop and Conference held in Harrogate, United Kingdom. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2002:584-585.
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