Cold insoluble circulating immune complexes occurred in 77% of rabbits immunized with 125I BSA. 9.8% of the total cryoprotein was 125I BSA. This represented 43% of the serum antigen. Tripling the antigen concentration in vitro decreased the amount of cold insoluble antigen by as much as 83%. In nonspecific cryoprecipitates only 0.4% of the total cryoprotein was 125I BSA. This represented only 0.028% of the serum antigen. Tripling of the antigen concentration in vitro increased the amount of cold insoluble antigen. Cold insoluble circulating immune complexes occur at a critical antigen-antibody ratio and can be differentiated from nonspecific cryoprecipitates.

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