An IgG antibody isolated from the serum of a patient with the Bernard- Soulier syndrome induced platelet agglutination in the platelet-rich plasma of 50 normal subjects regardless of their ABO, KOa, KOb, HLA, or PlA1 types. This antibody was nonreactive with platelets from three other Bernard-Saulier syndrome patients. Indirect immunoprecipitation tests using this serum (or purified IgG) and soluble membrane antigens labeled with 125I that had been extracted from normal platelets by the nonionic detergent Nonidet P-40 gave a single radioactive peak at 150,000 MW in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These findings strongly suggest that the antigenic determinant reacting with this antibody is absent from platelets of Bernard-Soulier syndrome patients and that the deficient molecule is of 150,000 MW. The role of this molecule in subendothelial adhesion and macromolecular-mediated aggregations is discussed.

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