The aminophospholipids of microvesicles released from human erythrocytes on storage or prepared from erythrocyte ghosts by shearing under pressure are susceptible to the action of 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulphonic acid. The aminophospholipids of the former vesicles are also susceptible to attack by phospholipase A2. Under the same conditions, the aminophospholipids of erythrocytes undergo little reaction. This suggests that the phospholipids in microvesicle membranes are more randomly distributed than those in erythrocyte membranes. Measurements have also been made of the ability of filipin to react with the cholesterol of sealed and unsealed erythrocyte ghosts and of microvesicles prepared from them. From the initial rates of reaction, it was concluded that there is no preferential transfer of cholesterol molecules from one side of the bilayer to the other during the formation of the microvesicles.

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