CD8 molecule is composed of two chains termed alpha and beta. CD8 is found on a T cell subset of normal cytotoxic / suppressor cells which make up approximately 20 to 35% of human peripheral blood lymphocytes. The CD8 antigen is also detected on natural killer cells, 80% of thymocytes, on a subpopulation of 30% of peripheral blood null cells and 15 to 30% of bone marrow cells.
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Protein Aliases: CD8; CD8 antigen, alpha polypeptide (p32); CD8 antigen, beta polypeptide 1 (p37); CD8a; CD8alpha; CD8b; CD8beta; Leu-2; Leu2 T-lymphocyte antigen; MAL; OKT8 T-cell antigen; T cell co-receptor; T lymphocyte surface glycoprotein beta chain; T-cell antigen Leu2; T-cell surface glycoprotein CD8 alpha chain; T-cell surface glycoprotein CD8 beta chain; T-lymphocyte differentiation antigen T8/Leu-2; T8 T-cell antigen
Gene Aliases: CD8; CD8A; CD8B; CD8B1; LEU2; LY3; LYT3; MAL; p32; P37