The 439-9B monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes CD104, integrin β4 chain, a 205 kDa transmembrane glycoprotein, which associates with CD49f (integrin α6 chain) to form the α6/β4 (CD49f/CD104) complex. It is expressed on epithelial cells, Schwann cells, and some tumor cells. The CD49f/CD104 complex is located in the hemidesmosomes of the epidermis, suggesting its role in epidermal cell-basement membrane adhesion. The clone 439-9B was clustered as CD104 at the fifth Human Leucocyte Differentiation Antigen International Workshop. It may be used for immunoprecipitation, immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry on frozen tissue sections.
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.