The 1H NMR assignments have been made for the immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain-binding B1 domain of protein L from Peptostreptococcus magnus. The secondary structure elements and the global folding pattern were determined from nuclear Overhauser effects, backbone coupling constants, and slowly exchanging amide protons. The B1 domain was found to be folded into a globular unit of 61 amino acid residues, preceded by a 15 amino acid long disordered N-terminus. The folded portion of the molecule contains a four-stranded beta-sheet spanned by a central alpha-helix. The fold is similar to the IgG-binding domains of streptococcal protein G, despite the fact that the binding sites on immunoglobulins for the two proteins are different; protein G binds IgG through the constant (Fc) part of the heavy chain, whereas protein L has affinity for the variable domain of Ig light chains.