1. Tamm–Horsfall glycoprotein from rabbit urine has been isolated and characterized. The homogeneity of the preparation has been established by a variety of procedures including disc gel electrophoresis and ultracentrifugation in aqueous solution, sodium dodecyl sulphate and formic acid. 2. The chemical composition has been determined and a carbohydrate content of approx. 31% was obtained. The relative contents of the amino acids were shown to be very similar to those in human Tamm–Horsfall glycoprotein. A trace of lipid was also detected. 3. Leucine was identified as the only N-terminal amino acid. 4. The subunit structure was investigated in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulphate by gel filtration and disc gel electrophoresis. These studies indicated that the subunit possessed a molecular weight of approx. 84000±6000. A similar value was obtained after reduction and S-alkylation of the glycoprotein indicating that the disulphide bonds were all intrachain. 5. A minimum value for the chemical molecular weight of 85000±6000 was obtained from the number of N-terminal amino acids released by cyanogen bromide cleavage of the glycoprotein. 6. The immunological properties of the glycoprotein were studied. Cross reactivity was demonstrated between human Tamm–Horsfall glycoprotein and a guinea-pig anti-rabbit Tamm–Horsfall antiserum.

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