Monoclonal antibody is produced by immunizing animals with a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues surrounding Pro95 of mouse CD5 protein.
CD5 is a type-I transmembrane protein belonging to the scavenger receptor cysteine-rich (SRCR) family, characterized by the presence of at least one SRCR domain of 90-110 amino acids. CD5 is expressed by all mature T cells, the B-1a subset of mature B cells, and some leukemic B cells. Its expression is increased in regulatory T and B cells (Tregs/Bregs). Anergic T and B cells also have elevated CD5 expression. Elevated levels of CD5 are also found in many autoimmune disorders (1-3). CD5 is associated with the T cell receptor (TCR) and negatively modulates T cell activation and differentiation. CD5 expression on the tumor infiltrating T lymphocytes is inversely correlated with their antitumor activity (4-6). Recently, it was reported that CD5 directly binds to IL6 and can mediate downstream signaling. CD5+ B cells promote tumor growth in animal models (7). Reagents targeting CD5 have been actively pursued as therapeutic interventions for cancer and other conditions (8,9).
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