Sphingosine 1-phosphate (Sph-1-P) is a bioactive lipid mediator released from activated platelets. To date, 5 seven-transmembrane-spanning receptors, Edg-1/S1P1, Edg-3/S1P3, Edg-5/S1P2, Edg-6/S1P4 and Edg-8/S1P5, have been identified as specific Sph-1-P receptors. Our recent novel studies established that Edg-1/S1P1 is glycosylated in its N-terminal extracellular portion and further identified the specific glycosylation site as asparagine 30. We also demonstrated that the structure of the N-terminal ectodomain of Edg-1/S1P1 affects both its transport to the cell surface and the N-glycosylation process. These studies revealed a possible regulatory role for the N-glycan on Edg-1/S1P1 in the dynamics of the receptor, such as its lateral and internal movements within the membrane, in ligand-stimulated mammalian cells.