1. Platelets were prepared from peripheral venous blood on iso-osmotic density gradients of Percoll, resulting in a good recovery of cells (50–80%) which were relatively free of contaminating blood cells (erythrocyte <0.1%, leucocyte <0.1%).
2. At 22°C, specific binding of 125labelled angiotensin II (300 pmol/l) was time and temperature dependent, saturable, reversible and linear with cell concentration.
3. Scatchard analysis of saturation curves revealed a single class of binding sites with Kd 1.5 ± 0.4 × 10−10 mol/l and total binding capacity 6.3 ± 1.2 receptorslplatelet. Similar values (Kd 2.4 ± 0.7 × 10−10 mol/l and binding capacity 6.5 ± 1.0 receptors/cell) were obtained by displacement analysis. From kinetic studies the forward and reverse rate constants were 3.1 × 108 mol min−1 1−1 and 3.6 × 10−2/min giving a Kd of 1.2 × 10−10mol/l.
4. The relative binding potencies for angiotensin I1 and analogues were: [Sar1, Thr8]ANC II > ANG II > ANG III > [Sar1, Ala8]ANG II > ANG I.
5. Incubation with an extracellular marker (51Cr-labelled EDTA) demonstrated that binding of angiotensin II to platelets was not due to free fluid endocytosis.