Synthetic N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) glycoside sequences coupled to BSA competitively inhibit enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) localized adherence (LA) to human intestinal biopsy specimens and tissue culture cell monolayers. The LacNAc-specific adhesin appears to be associated with the bundle-forming pili (BFP) expressed by EPEC during the early stages of colonization. Herein, we report that recombinant bundlin inhibits EPEC LA to HEp-2 cells and binds to HEp-2 cells. Recombinant bundlin also binds, with millimolar association constants (K(assoc)), to synthetic LacNAc-Benzene and LacNAc-O(CH(2))(8)CONH(2) glycosides as assessed in the gas phase by nanoelectrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Furthermore, LacNAc-BSA inhibits LA only of EPEC strains that express alpha bundlin alleles, suggesting putative locations for the LacNAc-binding pocket in the alpha bundlin monomer. Collectively, these results suggest that alpha bundlin possesses lectin-like properties that are responsible for LacNAc-specific initial adherence of alpha bundlin-expressing EPEC strains to host intestinal epithelial cells.