1. Human C1q, a subcomponent of the first component of complement, contains 67 disaccharides (glucosylgalactose) and 2.4 monosaccharides (galactose) linked to hydroxylysine in one molecule. It was found that 82.6% of the hydroxylsine residues were glycosylated. The suggestion of the possible existence of glucosylgalactosylhydroxylysine reported previously [Yonemasu, Stroud, Niedermeir & Butler (1971) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 43, 1388–1394] was confirmed. 2. The hydroxylysine-glycosides are not detected in the C-terminal, non-collagen-like, globular regions, but only in the collagen-like regions in the subcomponent C1q molecule. 3. Alpha 1(I) and alpha 2 in pig skin, alpha 1(II) in bovine cartilage and alpha 1(III) in bovine skin collagens contain 2.0, 2.2, 13.2 and 2.0 residues of hydroxylysine-glycosides per molecule, respectively. The percentage of hydroxylysine residues glycosylated in each of these chains is relatively low (on average 38%). 4. Neither the high percentage of hydroxylysine residues glycosylated nor the high values for the ratios of disaccharides to monosaccharides in the subcomponent C1q resembles that in alpha 1(I), alpha 2, alpha 1(II) and alpha 1(III). 5. Similarities between the extent of glycosylation of hydroxylysine residues in collagen-like regions in the subcomponent C1q molecule and that of the collagenous constituents of human glomerular basement membranes, aortic intima, skin A- and B-chains and of bovine anterior lens capsule are discussed.

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