L-selectin participates in the initial attachment of leukocytes to the vascular endothelium. On lymphocytes, it mediates binding to high endothelial venules of lymph nodes. As a selectin it functions as a calcium-dependent lectin recognizing carbohydrate-bearing ligands on endothelial cells. Two lymph node ligands for L-selectin have been identified as sulphated glycoproteins of M(r) approximately 50K and approximately 90K, called Sgp50 and Sgp90 (ref. 10). The recently cloned Sgp50 (ref. 12), now designated GlyCAM-1, is a high endothelial venule-associated, mucin-like glycoprotein containing predominantly O-linked carbohydrate chains. Sialylation of GlyCAM-1 is necessary for its ligand activity and a role for fucosylation is suspected. We have used chlorate as a metabolic inhibitor of sulphation, and report here that GlyCAM-1 has an additional requirement for sulphate.