Murine Anti-mCD8 mAb

Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ Unit size Cat. code Docs Qty Price
YTS 169.4-derived mouse monoclonal antibody against murine CD8α
1 mg
10 mg

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Recombinant mouse mAb against murine CD8α for in vivo use

InvivoGen’s engineered Anti-mCD48-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ antibody
InvivoGen’s engineered Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ antibody

Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ is a mouse anti-mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) featuring the variable region of the previously described anti-mCD8 YTS 169.4 clone [1]. Using recombinant technology, the original YTS 169.4 rat IgG2b constant region has been replaced with a murine IgG2a format which mediates potent cytotoxic functions [2].

The anti-mCD8 YTS 169.4 mAb is commonly used for in vivo depletion of the CD8+ T cell population to study its role in various immune responses, including in a viral or tumoral context [3-5]. Depending on the nature of the experiment, extended treatment schedules (up to several months) may be required. Upon repeated injection of a xenogeneic mAb, mice produce anti–species antibodies, causing the removal of the administered mAb from circulation, thereby reducing its in vivo efficacy. Moreover, this immunogenicity can lead to fatal hypersensitivity reactions [6-7] which can be reduced by mAb murinization [8].

CD8 background:

The cluster of differentiation 8 (CD8) receptor (formerly named T8) is a 34 kDa transmembrane protein primarily expressed on most thymocytes, and highly expressed by the peripheral mature CD8+ T cell population [9,10].  Two isoforms CD8α (Lyt-2) and CD8β (Lyt-3) are usually co-expressed and form a CD8α/β heterodimer that plays a critical role in CD8+ T cell development and activation. CD8α is mandatory for the development of MHC class I-restricted cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) [9]. CTLs recognize and eliminate infected cells and tumor cells upon the interaction between the TCR on the T cell and the MHC-peptide complex on the antigen-presenting cell [10-12]. Upon antigen recognition, the proximity association of CD8 and the TCR/CD3 complex on T cells triggers downstream intracellular signaling and participates in the cytotoxic T cell activation [9, 10]. Of note, CD8α/α homodimers have been shown to promote the survival and differentiation of activated CD8α/β T cells into memory CD8+ T cells [13]. Other immune cells, such as Natural Killer cells and subsets of dendritic cells also express CD8α [14]. 

Key features of Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™:

  • Derives from the YTS 169.4 clone, rat IgG2b, κ
  • Features the mIgG2a isotype (constant region)
  • Guaranteed sterile, endotoxin level < 1 EU/mg
  • Suitable for parental delivery in mice (azide-free)
  • Low aggregation < 5%
  • Produced in animal-free facilities and defined media

Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ is produced in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, purified by affinity chromatography with protein A, and provided in an InvivoFit grade, a high-quality standard specifically adapted to in vivo studies. The specific binding of this mAb to cell surface mCD8α and its in vivo depleting function have been confirmed (see Figures).



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4. Menares E. et al., 2019. Tissue-resident memory CD8(+) T cells amplify anti-tumor immunity by triggering antigen spreading through dendritic cells. Nat Comm. 10:4401.
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6. Mall C. et al., 2016. Repeated PD-1/PD-L1 monoclonal antibody administration induces fatal xenogenic hypersensitivity reactions in a murine model of breast cancer. Onco Immunol. 5(2):e1075114.
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8. Belmar N.A. et al., 2017. Murinization and H chain isotype matching of Anti-GITR antibody DTA-1 reduces immunogenicity-mediated anaphylaxis in C57BL/6 mice. J Immunol. 198:4502-4512.
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Validation of Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a binding by FACS
Validation of Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a binding by FACS

Cell surface staining of murine CD8 using Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ mAb.
~5x105 EL4 (parental) or EL4-mCD8 cells were incubated with 2 μg of Anti‑mCD8‑mIgG2a InvivoFit™ mAb or an isotype control for 1h at 4°C. Cells were then washed and incubated with 0.25 μg of goat anti-mouse κ-light chain coupled to PE for 1h at 4°C. Cell surface staining was analyzed by flow cytometry.

Validation of in vivo CD8 + T cell depletion using Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™
Validation of in vivo CD8 + T cell depletion using Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™

Analysis of CD8+ T cell population in mice peripheral blood upon injection of Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ mAb.
Blood samples (20 μl) from SWR/J mice aged 10 weeks were harvested 1 week prior to a series of intraperitoneal (IP) injections with the depleting Anti‑mCD8‑mIgG2a InvivoFit™ mAb (200 μg) or NaCl (control), and 24h after each IP injection. IP injections were performed at day 0, +3, and +7 (arrows). Thereafter, blood samples were harvested once a week. To assess the kinetics of the in vivo depletion of CD8+ T cells, peripheral blood was stained with the following conjugated antibodies: Anti-CD45-Pe-Cy7 (clone 30-F11), Anti-CD3e-PE (clone 145-2C11), Anti-CD4-FITC (clone RMA-4), and Anti-CD8-APC (clone H35-17.2) according to standard procedures.
Cell surface staining was analyzed by flow cytometry. Data are represented as the frequency of CD8+ T cells among the total CD3+ T cell population.

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Specificity: Targets cells expressing murine CD8α

Formulation: Lyophilized from 0.2 μm filtered solution in 150 mM sodium chloride, 20 mM sodium phosphate buffer with 5% saccharose

Clonality: Monoclonal antibody

Isotype: Murine IgG2a, kappa

Source: CHO cells

Purity: Purified by affinity chromatography with protein A

Tested application: Flow cytometry; in vivo depletion

Quality control:

  • Binding of Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ to mCD8α has been confirmed using Flow cytometry
  • Mouse CD8+ T cell in vivo depletion using Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ has been confirmed
  • The complete sequence of the antibody construct has been verified
  • < 5% aggregates (confirmed by size exclusion chromatography)
  • Guaranteed sterile and <1 EU/mg (determined by the LAL assay)
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Anti-mCD8-mIgG2a InvivoFit™ is provided sterile, endotoxin-free, azide-free, and lyophilized.  

This product is available in two pack sizes:

  • mcd8-mab10-1​: 1 mg
  • mcd8-mab10-10​: 10 mg


room temperature The product is shipped at room temperature.

store Store lyophilized antibody at -20 °C.

stability Lyophilized product is stable for at least 1 year

Alert Avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.

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