Cleavage of mouse IgA T15 with papain yielded (a) a glycosylated Fab fragment, (b) a non-glycosylated Fc fragment and (c) a glycosylated C-terminal peptide. The cleavage sites at the hinge and at the end of the C alpha 3 domain were located by sequencing. The two glycopeptides were prepared from the Fab and C-terminal fragments by pronase digestion. The C alpha 1 glycopeptide at Asn 155 was complex type with alpha (1-3)galactose terminal groups, and closely resembled the Asn 171 glycopeptide of mouse IgM (Anderson et al. (1985) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 243, 605-618). In contrast, the C-terminal glycopeptide at Asn 446 was entirely different from the corresponding IgM glycopeptide, being complex rather than high-mannose type.