CC chemokine receptor 3 (CCR3), also known as CD193, belongs to class A of G protein-coupled receptors and is present in high levels in eosinophils, basophils, and airway epithelial cells. CCR3 is considered the therapeutic target for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections and allergic diseases; therefore, the development of sensitive monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for CCR3 has been desired. This study aimed to establish a specific and sensitive mAb against mouse CCR3 (mCCR3) useful for flow cytometry analysis by employing the Cell-Based Immunization and Screening (CBIS) method. The generated anti-mCCR3 mAb, C3Mab-2 (rat IgG2b, kappa), was found to react with mCCR3-overexpressed Chinese hamster ovary-K1 (CHO/mCCR3) cells, according to flow cytometric analysis. Also, it reacted with P388 (mouse lymphoid neoplasm) or J774-1 (mouse macrophage-like) cells, which express endogenous mCCR3. Taken together, C3Mab-2, generated by the CBIS method, can be a valuable tool for detecting mCCR3 on the surface of mouse cells.
Keywords: CBIS; CCR3; allergic diseases; flow cytometry; monoclonal antibody.