Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis databases have been generated for a range of tissue cell and fluid types, from a number of species. A major difficulty in the development of such databases is the large number of proteins present in even a single cell type (> 10,000) and the low levels of many of these proteins. One approach to overcome these difficulties is to fractionate the cell into its organelles and generate individual databases for each subcellular component. This has the added advantage of assigning a cellular location to each protein identified. Here we report the development of a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis database of lysosomal proteins.