The Ly-6 family has many members, including Ly-6C and Ly-6G. A previous study suggested that the anti-Ly-6G antibody, RB6-8C5, may react with Ly-6Chi murine bone marrow (BM) cells. This finding has been interpreted as cross-reactivity of RB6-8C5 with the Ly-6C antigen, and has been generalized to many hematopoietic cell types, using the terminology Ly-6G/C. The present study was undertaken to determine whether anti-Ly-6G antibodies truly cross-react with the Ly-6C antigen on multiple hematopoietic cell types.
Splenocytes, thymocytes, and BM cells obtained from Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2 strains of mice were stained with a variety of antibodies to Ly-6C and Ly-6G. Flow cytometric analysis was performed on these populations.
Evaluation of anti-Ly-6C and anti-Ly-6G staining showed only Ly-6C expression and no Ly-6G expression on subsets of splenic T and B cells and thymocytes from Ly-6.1 and Ly-6.2 mice. Bone marrow cells were identified that express both Ly-6G and Ly-6C; no Ly-6G+Ly-6C− populations were seen.
Multiple Ly-6C+ hematopoietic cell populations were identified that do not stain with anti-Ly-6G antibodies. This calls into question the use of the Ly-6G/C nomenclature and suggests that epitopes recognized by anti-Ly-6G antibodies should simply be designated Ly-6G. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.