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; CD8a; CD8b; Leu-2; Lymphocyte antigen 3; Lyt-2.1 lymphocyte differentiation antigen (AA at 100); MAL; T-cell membrane glycoprotein Ly-3; T-cell surface glycoprotein CD8 alpha chain; T-cell surface glycoprotein CD8 beta chain; T-cell surface glycoprotein Lyt-2; T-cell surface glycoprotein Lyt-3
Gene Aliases: BB154331; Cd8a; Cd8b; Cd8b1; Ly-2; Ly-3; Ly-35; Ly-B; Ly-C; Lyt-2; Lyt-3; Lyt2; Lyt3