A method has been devised for the isolation of a secretory granule fraction from isolated rat islets of Langerhans. The islets were homogenized in buffered sucrose, and the homogenate was separated into nuclear, mitochondrial, secretory granule, and microsomal fractions by differential centrifugation. The secretory granule fraction was purified by differential centrifugation in discontinuous sucrose density gradients. A greater degree of purification could be achieved by the use of two successive gradients of this type, although the final yield was greatly reduced. Biochemical and morphological characterization of the fractions was obtained; the secretory granule fraction contained both insulin and glucagon. The limiting membranes of the granules remained intact and the general appearance of the granules was similar to that seen within the whole islet cells.

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