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REACTIVITY SENSITIVITY MW (kDa) Isotype
M Endogenous 27.5 Rat IgG2a
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Flow cytometric analysis of fixed murine splenocytes using CD8α (53-6.7) Rat mAb co-stained with CD4-APC, showing a distinct CD8α positive population with no cross reactivity on CD4 positive cells. A mouse anti-rat IgG2a PE conjugate was used as a secondary antibody.

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Flow Cytometry

A. Solutions and Reagents

  1. 1X Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS): Dissolve 8 g NaCl, 0.2 g KCl, 1.44 g Na2HPO4 and 0.24 g KH2PO4 in 800 mL distilled water (dH2O). Adjust the pH to 7.4 with HCl and the volume to 1 liter. Store at room temperature.
  2. Formaldehyde (methanol free).
  3. Incubation Buffer: Dissolve 0.5 g bovine serum albumin (BSA) in 100mL 1X PBS. Store at 4°C.

B. Fixation

  1. Collect cells by centrifugation and aspirate supernatant.
  2. Resuspend cells briefly in 0.5-1 ml PBS. Add formaldehyde to a final concentration of 2-4% formaldehyde.
  3. Fix for 10 minutes at 37°C.
  4. Add 5 ml PBS and rinse by centrifugation.
  5. Resuspend cells in 5 ml PBS.
  6. Proceed with staining or store cells at +4°C in PBS with 0.1% sodium azide.

C. Staining Using Unlabeled Primary and Conjugated Secondary Antibodies

NOTE: Allow for isotype matched controls for monoclonal antibodies or species matched IgG for polyclonal antibodies. Count cells using a hemacytometer or alternative method.

  1. Aliquot 0.5-1 x 106 cells into each assay tube (by volume).
  2. Add 2-3 ml Incubation Buffer to each tube and rinse by centrifugation. Repeat.
  3. Resuspend cells in 100 μl Incubation Buffer per assay tube.
  4. Block in Incubation Buffer for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  5. Add the primary antibody at the appropriate dilution to the assay tubes (see individual antibody data sheet for the appropriate dilution).
  6. Incubate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
  7. Rinse as before in Incubation Buffer by centrifugation.
  8. Resuspend cells in fluorochrome-conjugated secondary antibody, diluted in Incubation Buffer according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  9. Incubate for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  10. Rinse as before in Incubation Buffer by centrifugation.
  11. Resuspend cells in 0.5 ml PBS and analyze on flow cytometer.

*Recommended Secondary Antibodies:

Anti-Mouse

posted January 2009

protocol id: 36

Product Usage Information

Application Dilutions
Flow Cytometry 1:100

Storage: Supplied in 10 mM sodium HEPES (pH 7.5), 150 mM NaCl, 100 µg/ml BSA, 50% glycerol and less than 0.02% sodium azide. Store at –20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.

Specificity / Sensitivity

CD8α (53-6.7) Rat mAb recognizes endogenous levels of mouse CD8α protein by flow cytometry.


Species Reactivity: Mouse

Source / Purification

Monoclonal antibody is produced by immunizing animals with mouse spleen cells.

Cluster of Differentiation 8 (CD8) is a disulphide-linked heterodimer consisting of the unrelated α and β subunits. Each subunit is a glycoprotein composed of a single extracellular Ig-like domain, a polypeptide linker, a transmembrane part and a short cytoplasmic tail. On T cells, CD8 is the coreceptor for the T cell receptor (TCR), and these two distinct structures recognize the Antigen–Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC). Specifically, the Ig-like domain of CD8α interacts with the α3-domain of the MHC class I molecule. CD8 ensures specificity of the TCR–antigen interaction, prolongs the contact between the T cell and the antigen presenting cell, and the α chain recruits the tyrosine kinase Lck, which is essential for T cell activation (1).


1.  Zamoyska, R. (1994) Immunity 1, 243-246.


Entrez-Gene Id 12525
Swiss-Prot Acc. P01731


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