The MR1 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to CD154 (CD40 Ligand, gp39), an accessory molecule expressed on activated T helper (CD4+) lymphocytes. CD154 has also been detected on other types of leukocytes, including CD8+ T cells, medullary thymocytes, activated CD4+ NK-T cells, and human NK cells. CD154 plays an important role in costimulatory interactions between T and B lymphocytes and between antigen-presenting cells and lymphocytes, regulating the immune response at multiple levels. MR1 mAb inhibits in vitro activation of B lymphocytes by T helper cells by blocking interaction of gp39 with CD40. In vitro interactions of T cells and antigen-presenting cells can also be blocked by the MR1 antibody. In vivo treatment with MR1 antibody blocks the development of experimental autoimmune disease, inhibits formation of germinal centers and generation of memory B cells, reduces T-lymphocyte responses to allogeneic cells and allografts, prevents intrathymic deletion of self-reactive T lymphocytes, and disrupts antigen-specific T-cell responses.
The antibody was conjugated to an oligonucleotide that contains an antibody clone-specific barcode (ABC) flanked by a poly-A tail on the 3' end and a PCR handle (PCR primer binding site) on the 5' end. The ABC for this antibody was designed to be used with other BD AbSeq oligonucleotides conjugated to other antibodies. All AbSeq ABC sequences were selected in silico to be unique from human and mouse genomes, have low predicted secondary structure, and have high Hamming distance within the BD AbSeq portfolio, to allow for sequencing error correction and unique mapping. The poly-A tail of the oligonucleotide allows the ABC to be captured by the BD Rhapsody™ system. The 5' PCR handle allows for efficient sequencing library generation for Illumina sequencing platforms.
NOTE: The BD Rhapsody Single-Cell Analysis System must be used with the BD Rhapsody Express Instrument.