Ly-6A.2 (T cell-activating protein, TAP) and Thy-1 are glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-anchored proteins expressed on the surface of murine T lymphocytes. We have found that Ly-6A.2 (TAP) and Thy-1 are internalized by T cells. In the present study we have investigated whether these GPI-anchored proteins enter cells by endocytosis through coated pits. Two lines of evidence argue against the involvement of coated pits in the internalization of Ly-6A.2 (TAP) and Thy-1. First, drugs that effectively blocked the endocytosis of transferrin receptor and H-2 class I molecules, (which are known to be internalized via coated pits) did not inhibit the internalization of the GPI-anchored proteins. Second, in ultrastructural analyses, Ly-6A2 (TAP) and Thy-1, in contrast to the transferrin receptor, were rarely found in coated pits or vesicles. These observations suggest that the GPI-anchored proteins on T lymphocytes are internalized by a distinct pathway that does not involve endocytosis through coated pits.