Specific antibodies of the gamma 1--78 peptide of human fibrinogen were employed in binding assays and in equilibrium competitive inhibition assays to analyze the expression of gamma 1--78 antigenic determinants as an indication of the relative exposure of the gamma 1--78 sequence in the E domain of fibrinogen, high solubility fibrinogen subfractions I-8 and I-9, and plasmic cleavage fragments of fibrinogen and fibrin. A very limited exposure of gamma 1--78 sequences was found to occur concomitant with proteolytic deletions of the major carboxyterminal segment of the A alpha chains in fgI-8, fgI-9. Exposure of gamma 1--78 is not influenced by further proteolysis to fg-X which is associated with B beta 1--43 deletion. Further proteolysis to fg-Y, which is associated with deletion of beta 43--53 and of one of the D domains, is associated with additional exposure of gamma 1--78. This is not significantly influenced by further proteolysis to fg-E with deletion of the second D domain, deletion of A alpha 1--19, and proteolysis at the carboxyterminal aspects of the E domain chains.