The angiogenic inducer CCN1 (cysteine-rich 61, CYR61), a secreted matricellular protein of the CCN family, is a ligand of multiple integrins, including alpha 6 beta 1. Previous studies have shown that CCN1 interaction with integrin alpha 6 beta 1 mediates adhesion of fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and smooth muscle cells, as well as migration of smooth muscle cells. Recently, we have reported that CCN1-induced tubule formation of unactivated endothelial cells is also mediated through integrin alpha 6 beta 1. In this study, we demonstrate that human skin fibroblasts adhere specifically to the T1 sequence (GQKCIVQTTSWSQCSKS) within domain III of CCN1, and this process is blocked by anti-alpha 6 and anti-beta 1 monoclonal antibodies. Alanine substitution mutagenesis of the T1 sequence further defines the sequence TTSWSQCSKS as the critical determinant for mediating alpha 6 beta 1-dependent adhesion. Soluble T1 peptide specifically inhibits fibroblast adhesion to CCN1 in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, T1 also inhibits cell adhesion to other alpha 6 beta 1 ligands, including CCN2 (CTGF), CCN3 (NOV), and laminin, but not to ligands of other integrins. In addition, T1 specifically inhibits alpha 6 beta 1-dependent tubule formation of unactivated endothelial cells in a CCN1-containing collagen gel matrix. To confirm that T1 binds integrin alpha 6 beta 1 directly, we perform affinity chromatography and show that integrin alpha 6 beta 1 is isolated from an octylglucoside extract of fibroblasts on T1-coupled Affi-gel. Taken together, these findings define the T1 sequence in CCN1 as a novel binding motif for integrin alpha 6 beta 1, providing the basis for the development of peptide mimetics to examine the functional role of alpha 6 beta 1 in angiogenesis.