Plasma-membrane preparations purified from pig lymphocytes contained a major polypeptide component of mol.wt. about 68 000. This component was identified as pig albumin by the following comparisons with authentic pig serum albumin: (a) co-migration when analysed by sodium dodecyl sulphate/polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis under reducing and non-reducing conditions; (b) identical isoelectric points; (c) similar “fingerprints” of arginine-containing tryptic peptides; (d) reactivity with anti-(pig albumin) serum. The albumin was bound tightly to the plasma membrane. Biosynthetic labelling of pig lymphocytes under a variety of conditions failed to provide evidence that albumin was synthesized by lymphocytes, suggesting that the plasma-membrane-associated albumin was of extraneous origin. Radiolabelled pig serum albumin, however, failed to bind to the plasma-membrane fraction when added before cell disruption. Although lymphocyte plasma membrane preparations from other species possessed a polypeptide of about 68 000 mol.wt., this was judged not to be albumin on the basis of electrophoretic mobility under non-reducing conditions; also, no polypeptide was precipitated by anti-albumin sera. It is concluded that pig lymphocyte plasma-membrane preparations possess albumin which, although firmly attached, was probably of extraneous origin. This association appeared not to be common to lymphocytes from other species.
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