1. Shifts of enzymatic activity have been followed during the formation and evolution of the droplets that form in the cells of the proximal convolution of the nephron of the rat after the injection of a 50 per cent solution of egg white in isotonic saline.
2. Twelve hours after injection there is a 35 to 40 per cent decrease in succinoxidase and cytochrome oxidase activities in the fraction containing the larger particles; i.e. mitochondria and droplets in equal concentration. Although after 30 hours the quantitative proportion of droplets and mitochondria is the same as previously, the activities of the fraction have returned to the normal observed originally in the uninjected rat in a corresponding fraction consisting of mitochondria only.
3. The microsome fraction shows an average increase of 35 per cent in oxidative enzyme activities during the early period following injection, and decreases to the original figure in the later period of droplet formation.
4. It is concluded from the shifting pattern of localization of oxidative enzyme activity within the cell particulates that the absorption droplets arise by the incorporation of the mitochondrial elements, which originally contain the highest enzyme activity, with absorbed protein through the intermediate stage of smaller (microsomal) particles.