We have localized factor-VIII-related antigen, using immunofluorescence and electron microscopy, in adult human blood vessels. In addition to its presence in endothelial cells, the antigen was localized within subendothelium and the layers of elastic lamina closest to the lumen. Also, we provide the first morphological evidence that factor-VIII- related antigen is associated with collagen fibrils within the vessel wall. These studies suggest that this subendothelial factor-VIII- related antigen may play a role in the adhesion of platelets to subendothelial components following endothelial injury.

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