The Thy-1-molecule, which was identified by its antigenic activities, has been purified from rat thymocytes. The purification involved preparation of crude membranes and solubilization in deoxycholate, followed by gel filtration and affinity chromatography on antibody or lectin columns. In all cases the purified molecule was a glycoprotein that did not form higher polymers and was not associated with other polypeptide chains. The Thy-1 glycoprotein could be found in two forms, one binding to lentil lectin, the other not. Both forms had the same detectable antigens and were of a similar but not identical size. After sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis the apparent molecular weight of Thy-1 binding to lentil lectin was 25 000, whereas that not binding to the lectin was 27 000, with heterogeneity towards forms of apparently higher molecular weight.

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