1. The passage of radioactive apolipoproteins into lymph draining the foot was investigated in two men, each given a single intravenous injection of low-density lipoprotein containing 131I-labelled apoprotein B and of very-low-density lipoprotein containing 125I-labelled apoprotein A and apoprotein C.
2. Protein-bound 125I and 131I appeared in the lymph of both subjects. Immunoelectrophoresis of lymph lipoproteins against anti-(high-density lipoprotein) and anti-(low-density lipoprotein) showed the presence of apo-high-density lipoprotein and apo-low-density lipoprotein with faster mobilities than plasma high-density and low-density lipoprotein respectively. Most of the protein-bound 131I in lymph was recovered in the precipitin line formed by the apoprotein B-containing lipoprotein after immunoelectrophoresis. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the lymph lipoprotein fraction showed the presence of 125I-containing bands with mobilities similar to those of the apoprotein A of high-density lipoprotein and of three of the fast-moving C apoproteins.
3. These results suggest that most, if not all, of the apoproteins of plasma lipoproteins reach the interstitial fluids and that some lipoproteins undergo modification during their passage into peripheral lymph.