A method is described which employs differential centrifugation and sucrose density gradient centrifugation to isolate a membrane fraction from human lymphocytes. Membrane preparations from long-term human cultured B- and T-lymphoid lines, peripheral blood lymphocytes, tonsillar lymphocytes, and thymocytes were analyzed on 0.5% sodium dodecyl sulfate-7.5% polyacrylamide gels stained for protein and carbohydrate. The most important finding was a major glycoprotein of approximately 30,000 daltons associated with the membrane preparations from B lymphocytes. T-lymphocyte preparations did not contain readily detectable amounts of this membrane-associated component. The T-cell lymphoid line MOLT-4 was unique in that it had a narrow protein band at approximately 30,000 daltons which did not contain carbohydrate.

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