A/J spleen cells were labeled with [3H]leucine and at intervals thereafter were homogenized and separated into microsomes and cell sap. Ig and H-2 antigens were assayed in the cell fractions and cell supernatants using immunoprecipitation. In addition, cells labeled by enzymatic radioiodination were incubated to determine the rates of release of Ig and H-2 antigens from the surface. The results indicate that the majority of Ig and H-2 antigens remain membrane bound throughout their intracellular life. In contrast to Ig, H-2 antigens are neither secreted nor shed from the cell surface. It is suggested that Ig is a peripheral protein of the cell membrane, whereas H-2 antigens are integral ones. The release of Ig on a fragment of plasma membrane could occur at fixed cell surface areas that contain no H-2 antigens or from which they have migrated before release.

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