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Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate)
Antibody Conjugates

Monoclonal Antibody - Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate), UniProt ID O00182, Entrez ID 3965 #25968


H Endogenous Rabbit IgG
Flow Cytometry - Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate)

Flow cytometric analysis of PANC-1 cells (blue) and U-937 cells (green) using Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate) (solid lines) or a concentration-matched Rabbit (DA1E) mAb IgG XP® Isotype Control (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate) #2985 (dashed lines).

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Flow Cytometry, Methanol Permeabilization Protocol for Direct Conjugates

A. Solutions and Reagents

NOTE: Prepare solutions with reverse osmosis deionized (RODI) or equivalent grade water.

  1. 20X Phosphate Buffered Saline (PBS): (#9808) To prepare 1 L 1X PBS: add 50 ml 20X PBS to 950 ml dH2O, mix.
  2. 16% Formaldehyde (methanol free).
  3. 100% methanol.
  4. Incubation Buffer: Dissolve 0.5 g Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) (#9998) in 100 ml 1X PBS. Store at 4°C.

B. Fixation

NOTE: If using whole blood, lyse red blood cells and wash by centrifugation prior to fixation.

  1. Collect cells by centrifugation and aspirate supernatant.
  2. Resuspend cells in 0.5-1 ml 1X PBS. Add formaldehyde to obtain a final concentration of 4%.
  3. Fix for 15 min at room temperature.
  4. Wash by centrifugation with excess 1X PBS. Discard supernatant in appropriate waste container. Resuspend cells in 0.5-1 ml 1X PBS.

C. Permeabilization

  1. Permeabilize cells by adding ice-cold 100% methanol slowly to pre-chilled cells, while gently vortexing, to a final concentration of 90% methanol.
  2. Incubate 30 min on ice.
  3. Proceed with immunostaining (Section D) or store cells at -20°C in 90% methanol.

D. Immunostaining

  1. Aliquot desired number of cells into tubes or wells.
  2. Wash cells by centrifugation in excess 1X PBS to remove methanol. Discard supernatant in appropriate waste container. Repeat if necessary.
  3. Resuspend cells in 100 µl of diluted antibody conjugate (prepared in incubation buffer at the recommended dilution).
  4. Incubate for 1 hr at room temperature. Protect from light.
  5. Wash by centrifugation in incubation buffer. Discard supernatant. Repeat.
  6. Resuspend cells in 1X PBS and analyze on flow cytometer; alternatively, for DNA staining, proceed to optional DNA stain (Section E).

E. Optional DNA Dye

  1. Resuspend cells in 0.5 ml of DNA dye (e.g. Propidium Iodide (PI)/RNase Staining Solution #4087).
  2. Incubate for at least 5 min at room temperature.
  3. Analyze cells in DNA staining solution on flow cytometer.

posted July 2009

revised June 2017

Protocol Id: 407

Application Dilutions
Flow Cytometry 1:50

Supplied in PBS (pH 7.2), less than 0.1% sodium azide and 2 mg/ml BSA. Store at 4°C. Do not aliquot the antibody. Protect from light. Do not freeze.

Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb (Alexa Fluor® 647 Conjugate) recognizes endogenous levels of total galectin-9 protein.

Species Reactivity:


Monoclonal antibody is produced by immunizing animals with recombinant human galectin-9 protein.

This Cell Signaling Technology antibody is conjugated to Alexa Fluor® 647 fluorescent dye and tested in-house for direct flow cytometric analysis in human cells. This antibody is expected to exhibit the same species cross-reactivity as the unconjugated Galectin-9 (D9R4A) XP® Rabbit mAb #54330.

Galectins are a family of β-galactose binding proteins that are characterized by an affinity for poly-N-acetyllactosamine-enriched glycoconjugates and a carbohydrate-binding site (1,2). Members of the galectin family have been implicated in a variety of biological functions, including cell adhesion (3), growth regulation (4), cytokine production (5), T-cell apoptosis (6), and immune responses (7).

Galectin-9 is induced by proinflammatory stimuli, including IFN-γ, TNF-α, and TLR ligands, and regulates various immune responses through interaction with its ligand TIM-3 (8, 9). Binding of galectin-9 to TIM-3 expressed by Th1 CD4 T cells resulted in T cell death (9). On the other hand, galectin-9 treatment of tumor-bearing mice increased the number of IFN-γ-producing TIM-3+ CD8 T cells and TIM-3+ dendritic cells (10). Transgenic overexpression of either TIM-3 or galectin-9 in mice led to an increase in cells with a myeloid-derived suppressor cell phenotype and inhibition of immune responses (11). CD44 is also proposed to be a receptor for galectin-9, and interaction of galectin-9 with CD44 expressed by induced regulatory T (iTreg) cells enhanced the stability of function of iTreg cells. In addition, galectin-9 was recently demonstrated to bind Dectin-1 expressed by pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma-infiltrating macrophages, resulting in tolerogenic macrophage reprogramming and suppression of anti-tumor immunity. Increased galectin-9 expression has been observed in several cancer types, including lung, liver, breast, and kidney (12). Alternative splicing of the galectin-9 transcript leads to several isoforms (13).

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  2. Barondes, S.H. et al. (1994) J Biol Chem 269, 20807-10.
  3. Offner, H. et al. (1990) J Neuroimmunol 28, 177-84.
  4. Wells, V. and Mallucci, L. (1991) Cell 64, 91-7.
  5. Filer, A. et al. (2009) Arthritis Rheum 60, 1604-14.
  6. Perillo, N.L. et al. (1995) Nature 378, 736-9.
  7. Cooper, D.N. et al. (1991) J Cell Biol 115, 1437-48.
  8. Gieseke, F. et al. (2013) Eur J Immunol 43, 2741-9.
  9. Zhu, C. et al. (2005) Nat Immunol 6, 1245-52.
  10. Nagahara, K. et al. (2008) J Immunol 181, 7660-9.
  11. Dardalhon, V. et al. (2010) J Immunol 185, 1383-92.
  12. Heusschen, R. et al. (2014) Biochim Biophys Acta 1842, 284-92.
  13. Heusschen, R. et al. (2013) Biol Reprod 88, 22.
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