The Ha31/8 monoclonal antibody specifically binds to the 180-kDa integrin α1 chain (CD49a), which is a transmembrane glycoprotein that non-covalently associates with the integrin β1 subunit (CD29) to form the α1β1 (complex known as VLA-1). VLA-1 has been reported to be expressed on activated T cells, monocytes, smooth muscle cells, and endothelial cells. It is a receptor for collagen and laminin. The Ha31/8 monoclonal antibody is specific for both rat and mouse CD49a. It has been reported that Ha31/8 antibody can block VLA-1-mediated binding of rat cells to collagen.
The antibody was conjugated to BD Horizon BUV615 which is part of the BD Horizon Brilliant™ Ultraviolet family of dyes. This dye is a tandem fluorochrome with an Ex Max near 350 nm and an Em Max near 615 nm. BD Horizon Brilliant BUV615 can be excited by the ultraviolet laser (355 nm) and detected with a 610/20 filter and a 595 nm LP. Due to the excitation of the acceptor dye by the blue/yellow-green laser line, there may be significant spillover into channels detecting PE-CF594 like emissions (eg, 610/20-nm filter).