The DX27 monoclonal antibody specifically recognizes CD158b1 (KIRDL2/NKAT6), CD158b2 (KIRDL3/NKAT2), and CD158j (KIR2DS2/NKAT5) which are members of the Killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) family within the Ig superfamily. CD158b1 and CD158j contain two (KIR2D) Ig-like extacellular domains whereas CD158b2 contains three (KIR3D) Ig-like domains. These polymorphic CD158 molecules are expressed on natural killer (NK) cells and a subset of T cells and can recognize MHC class I molecules on target cells. They serve as either inhibitory receptors (CD158b1, CD158b2) that express immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs (ITIMs) in their cytoplasmic domains or activating receptors (CD158j) that lack ITIMs.
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.