The present paper describes the characterization of the Thy-1 molecule from rat brain. The molecule was recognized by its antigens, which could be solubilized from brain membrane with deoxycholate. In the solubilized form the Thy-1 antigens were associated with a homogenous component with the following hydrodynamic properties: s20,w=2.2s,v=0.72ml/g and Stokes radius=3.0nm. The mol.wt. of the deoxycholateantigen complex was estimated to be 27000; these values are not significantly different from those obtained thymocyte Thy-1. Brain Thy-1 was further purified by affinity chromatography with lentil lectin coupled to Sepharose 4B, and more than 80% of the antigen was bound. The material eluted with methyl α-D-glucopyranoside was then filtered on a column of Sephadex G-200, and only one glycoprotein was found in the antigenically active fraction. On sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis the glycoprotein was very similar to the Thy-1 from thymocytes that binds to lentil lectin. Its apparent mol.wt. on 12.5% acrylamide gels was 24000, and it electrophoresed as a symmetrical band. Brain Thy-1 was antigenically indistinguishable from thymocyte Thy-1 when analysed with rabbit antisera raised against brain or thymocyte Thy-1.

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