DIA-808 – Anti-CD8a (Ms) from Rat (Clone: GHH8) for mouse FFPE tissue – 200 µl


CD8a (MHC I Co-Receptor, cytotox. T-cells)
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Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin-embedded Sections)
antibody purified (from culture supernatant)
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CD markers
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for Research Use Only
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Antibody clone GHH8 has been developed and validated for the detection of murine CD8a in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections (mouse FFPE). Clone GHH8 identifies cytotoxic and regulatory T-cells (also known as suppressor T-cells) in murine FFPE tissue by IHC.


CD8 is a marker for T-cells with suppressor and cytotoxic activity. Cluster of Differentiation 8 (CD8) is also found on the surface of some natural killer cells, most thymocytes, some T-cell lymphomas and large granular lymphocyte leukemias.
Antigen recognition and subsequent T-cell activation is controlled by the interaction between TCR (T-cell receptor) and pMHC (peptide-major histocompatibility complexe). T-cell activation is often enhanced by a close cooperation of the TCR with two different co-receptors: CD8 and CD4. CD8 was first discovered as a cell surface marker in mice and was used to discriminate CD8+ CTLs and CD4+ Th cells. CD8a is expressed either as a heterodimer with the CD8 beta chain (CD8 alpha beta) or as a homodimer (CD8 alpha alpha). CD8 alpha beta is expressed on the majority of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs). This CD8 heteromeric proteins (with approx. 32-34 KDa each monomer) are physically associated with a p56 tyrosine kinase to mediate T-cell activation signals through phosphorylation of adjacent proteins.
Besides its important role in T-cell signalling, the CD8 co-receptor is also important for CD8+ T-cell development, stabilisation of the interface between CD8+ T-cells and target cells, and activation of intestinal epithelial T lymphocytes (iIELs). Therefore, CD8 has been the target of many therapeutic strategies designed to modulate T-cell responses during auto-immune reactions, allergy and organ transplant rejection.

Immunohistochemistry of mouse CD8a in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue sections
Immunohistochemical staining (IHC) with anti-CD8a (MHC I Co-Rezeptor, zytotox. T-Zellen) Antibody (clone GHH8) - dianova


Immunohistochemical staining (IHC) with anti-CD8a (MHC I Co-Rezeptor, zytotox. T-Zellen) Antibody (clone GHH8) - dianova


A, Mouse spleen: The monoclonal antibody clone GHH8 specifically stains CD8a in standard formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded mouse spleen. Incubation with antibody clone GHH8 (5μg/ml, corresponding to a 1:100 dilution) for 1h at RT. Detection with ImmPRESS HRP anti-Rat from Vector Laboratories (Picture courtesy of Christel Bonnas, Synaptic Systems, Göttingen, Germany).
B, Mouse liver after viral infection: Specific Detection of invading T-cells with monoclonal antibody clone GHH8 by IHC-FFPE. Note the clear membrane-bound signal free of background. Detection with a Ventana automated stainer following standard procedures. Incubation for 30min at 4°C with 10μg/ml of antibody clone GHH8, corresponding to a 1:50 dilution (Picture courtesy of Susanne Krasemann, Mouse Pathology Core Facility, UKE, Hamburg, Germany).

Specific References:

  1. Kuczynski EA, Krueger J, Chow A, Xu P, Man S, Sundaravadanam Y, Miller JK, Krzyzanowski PM, Kerbel RS. Impact of chemical-induced mutational load increase on immune checkpoint therapy in poorly responsive murine tumors. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Feb 26; PMID: 29483207
  2. Wüstner S, Anderl F, Wanisch A, Sachs C, Steiger K, Nerlich A, Vieth M, Mejías-Luque R, Gerhard M. Helicobacter pylori γ-glutamyl transferase contributes to colonization and differential recruitment of T cells during persistence. Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 20;7(1):13636. PMCID: PMC5651840

General References:

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