The CerCLIP monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes the class II associated invariant chain peptides (CLIP). CLIP is the remaining segment of class II invariant chain (Ii) after proteolytic degradation which stays associated with HLA-DR and represents a final intermediate in the removal of invariant chain from class II molecules during antigen processing. The removal of CLIP and subsequent loading of the antigenic peptide is facilitated by the non-classical class II molecule HLA-DM. CLIP can be detected, in association with HLA-DR, on the surface of T2DR3, a mutant cell line lacking HLA-DM.
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.