There are several analogues of the sweet protein mabinlin. In previous studies, we purified the heat-stable analogue, mabinlin II, from the seeds of Capparis masaikai Lévl. and determined its amino acid sequence [Liu, X., Maeda, S., Hu, Z., Aiuchi, T., Nakaya, K. & Kurihara, Y. (1993) Eur. J. Biochem. 211, 281–287] and the disulfide structure [Nirasawa, S., Liu, X., Nishino, T. & Kurihara, Y. (1993) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1202, 277–280]. We have now purified four additional homologues of mabinlin. The sweet activities of mabinlin III and mabinlin IV were unchanged by incubation for 1 h at 80°C, as was found previously for mabinlin II, while the sweet activity of mabinlin I-1 was completely abolished by a 1-h incubation at 80°C. The circular dichroic spectrum showed that α-helical structures of mabinlins II–IV were unchanged by the 1-h incubation at 80°C, while the α-helical structures of mabinlin I-1 were completely destroyed by the 1-h incubation in parallel with the decrease of the sweet activity. To compare the structures of the heat-stable and unstable homologues, we determined their amino acid sequences and the disulfide array. The positions of four disulfide bridges of mabinlin I-1 were the same as those of mabinlin II, suggesting that the disulfide bridges do not contribute to the difference in the heat stability among the homologues. There was a high similarity among amino acid sequences of the homologues. Only three amino acid residues (A-chain residues at positions 22 and 32 and B-chain residue at position 47) were different between mabinlin I-1 and mabinlin III. A-chain residue at position 32 was lacking in mabinlin IV and the A-chain residue at position 22 was identical in both mabinlin I-1 and mabinlin II. The B-chain residue at position 47 was the only residue present in all three heat-stable homologues (mabinlins II–IV) and is not present in the unstable homologue (mabinlin I-1). This suggests that the difference in the heat stability of mabinlin is due to the difference in a B-chain residue at position 47; the difference in the heat-stable homologues is due to the presence of an arginine residue and the difference of the unstable homologue is due to the presence of glutamine. It is possible that a salt bridge, formed between a at B-chain arginine residue at position 47 and the caroxylic group of an A-chain or B-chain C-terminal residue contributes to the heat stability.