AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460 antibodies label the mouse CD8α protein by immunofluorescence


  • Tasnim Khadam-Al-Jame
  • Hugo Gillet
  • Eva Garrido
  • Maria Lung Perez
  • Jade Berlincourt
  • Maxime Zholdokov
  • Marin Ollagnon
  • Alexis Calomeni
  • Patricia Lopez Naveira
  • Bethania Tamrat
  • Luca Baltazar
  • Garance Michel
  • Agnès Bury
  • Anna Marchetti
  • Emma Siebenmann
  • Tess Arbez
  • Vincent Mendes Ferreira
  • Diana Boeva
  • Julien Schär
  • Benjamin Adomako
  • Anja Maag
  • Marc Bobillier
  • Mathieu Vigneau
  • Yekaterina Prutyanova
  • Hania Farhat
  • François Prodon
  • Stéphane Durual
  • Cyril Guilhen UNIGE



The recombinant antibodies AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460 detect by immunofluorescence the mouse CD8α protein.


The CD8 glycoprotein is composed of two transmembrane subunits, alpha and beta. Its expression, on the surface of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, contributes to drive the specific interaction between the T-cell receptor and class-I major histocompatibility complex molecules on target cells (Wong and Pamer, 2003). Here, we describe the ability of four recombinant antibodies (AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460) to successfully detect the mouse CD8-alpha protein (Uniprot P01731) by immunofluorescence in CD8-alpha-transfected HEK293 cells. Two other tested antibodies (AD461 and AJ518) did not.

Materials & Methods

Antibodies: ABCD_AC650, ABCD_AC653, ABCD_AC656, ABCD_AD460, ABCD_AD461 and ABCD_AJ518 antibodies (ABCD nomenclature, were produced by the Geneva Antibody Facility ( as mini-antibodies with the antigen-binding portion fused to a rabbit IgG Fc. The synthesized scFv sequences (GeneArt, Invitrogen) correspond to the sequences of the variable regions joined by a peptide linker (GGGGS)3 (see Table 1 for clone names and references). HEK293 suspension cells (growing in FreeStyle™ 293 Expression Medium, Gibco 12338) were transiently transfected with the vector coding for the scFv-Fc of each antibody. Supernatants (see Table 1 for individual yields) were collected after 4 days.

ABCD Clone Reference Yield ( mg /L)
AC650 F03 Schofield et al.,2007 100
AC653 E10 Schofield et al.,2007 60
AC656 B06 Schofield et al.,2007 70
AD460 YTS 105.18 Shore et al., 2006 <5
AD461 OKT8 Kung and Goldstein, 1982 <5
AJ518 19.178 Hennecke and Cosson, 1993 10
Table 1. Clone number, reference and production yields for the antibodies used in this study.

Antigen: HEK293cells (growing in DMEM, Gibco 11960044, supplemented with 10% FBS) were transiently transfected 2 days before the experiment with a vector coding for the full-length mouse CD8-alpha. Cells transfected with an irrelevant plasmid (mock-transfected) were used as a negative control.

Protocol: The whole procedure was carried out at room temperature. Transfected HEK293 cells were fixed with PBS + 4% paraformaldehyde (w/v) (Applichem A3013) for 30 min, and blocked with PBS + 40 mM ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) (Applichem A3661) for 5 min. Cells were then permeabilized in PBS + 0.2% saponin (w/v) (Sigma S7900) for 5 min, washed once (5 min) with PBS + 0.2% (w/v) BSA (PBS-BSA), and incubated for 30 min with the recombinant antibodies (5 mg/L in PBS-BSA). After 3 washes (5 min) with PBS-BSA, cells were incubated for 30 min in PBS-BSA with secondary goat anti-rabbit IgG conjugated to AlexaFluor-488 (1:400, Molecular Probes A11034). After 3 washes (5 min) with PBS-BSA, cells were mounted on slides (Menzel-Gläser, 76x26 mm) with Möwiol (Hoechst) + 2.5% (w/v) DABCO (Fluka 33480). Pictures were taken using a Zeiss LSM700 confocal microscope, with a 63x Neofluar oil immersion objective.


Antibodies AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460 recognized the mouse CD8 protein addressed at the cell surface of CD8-alpha transfected cells (Fig. 1). The weak signal observed with the antibody AD460 is probably due to the fact that this antibody is poorly produced. The absence of staining in mock-transfected cells indicates the specificity of the signal observed (Fig. 1). AD461 and AJ518 did not recognize the CD8-alpha protein; for AD461, this might be due to the fact that this antibody is poorly produced.

Figure 1. AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460 specifically labeled transfected HEK293 cells expressing the mouse CD8-alpha protein. AD461 and AJ518 did not recognize the CD8-alpha protein. No labeling was seen in mock-transfected cells. Scale bar: 20 μm.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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How to Cite

Khadam-Al-Jame T, Gillet H, Garrido E, Lung Perez M, Berlincourt J, Zholdokov M, Ollagnon M, Calomeni A, Lopez Naveira P, Tamrat B, Baltazar L, Michel G, Bury A, Marchetti A, Siebenmann E, Arbez T, Mendes Ferreira V, Boeva D, Schär J, Adomako B, Maag A, Bobillier M, Vigneau M, Prutyanova Y, Farhat H, Prodon F, Durual S, Guilhen C. AC650, AC653, AC656 and AD460 antibodies label the mouse CD8α protein by immunofluorescence. Antib. Rep. [Internet]. 2022 Feb. 24 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];5(1):e676. Available from:

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