The interaction of CD22 with glycoprotein ligands bearing the Siaalpha2,6Gal-R sequence is believed to modulate its function as a regulator of B cell signaling. Although a commercial sialoside-polyacrylamide (PAA) probe, NeuAc- alpha2,6Gal-PAA, has facilitated studies on ligand binding by human CD22, murine CD22 binds instead with high affinity to NeuGcalpha2,6Gal-R. A multivalent probe with this sequence was constructed to facilitate investigations of ligand binding in CD22 function using genetically defined murine models. The probe is based on the sialoside-PAA platform, which is then biotinylated for easy detection. A series of sialoside probes were constructed with two different length linker arms between the sialoside and the backbone and three different sialoside to PAA molar ratios. The NeuGcalpha2,6Gal-PAA probe is specific for CD22: it binds to sialidase-treated B cells of wild-type mice but not B cells of CD22-null mice. Additionally, because the probe only binds to sialidase-treated wild-type cells, it confirms that CD22 is constitutively "masked" on most B cells from wild-type mice by binding to ligands in cis. In contrast, the probe bound equally well to native or sialidase-treated B cells from the immunocompromised ligand-deficient ST6Gal I knockout mice, demonstrating that CD22 is constitutively "unmasked" in these cells.