DaMab-2: Anti-Human DGKα Monoclonal Antibody for Immunocytochemistry

Tomoyuki Nakano, Satoshi Ogasawara, Toshiaki Tanaka, Yasukazu Hozumi, Satoru Mizuno, Eri Satoh, Fumio Sakane, Naoki Okada, Akinobu Taketomi, Ryusuke Honma, Takuro Nakamura, Noriko Saidoh, Miyuki Yanaka, Shunsuke Itai, Saori Handa, Yao Wen Chang, Shinji Yamada, Mika K. Kaneko, Yukinari Kato, Kaoru Goto

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Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) is responsible for the enzymatic conversion of diacylglycerol to phosphatidic acid. Since both diacylglycerol and phosphatidic acid serve as signaling molecules, DGK is regarded as a hub between diacylglycerol-mediated and phosphatidic acid-mediated signaling. One of the 10 DGK isozymes, DGKα, is shown to be involved in T cell function. Transfection studies using tagged expression vectors revealed that DGKα localizes to the cytoplasm and nucleus and translocates to the plasma membrane in response to T cell receptor stimulation. However, a limited number of studies reported the localization of native protein of DGKα in tissues and cells. In this study, we immunized mice with recombinant DGKα and developed several anti-DGKα monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). One of the established anti-DGKα mAbs is a clone DaMab-2 (mouse IgG1, kappa). In enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, DaMab-2 recognized only DGKα, and did not react with the other isozymes, such as DGKγ, DGKζ, DGKη, and DGKδ. Importantly, DaMab-2 is very useful in immunocytochemical analysis of human cultured cells, indicating that DaMab-2 is advantageous to analyze the localization and function of DGKα.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalMonoclonal antibodies in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug


  • DGKα
  • Immunocytochemical analysis
  • Monoclonal antibody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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