An extended proteome map of the lysosomal membrane reveals novel potential transporters

Mol Cell Proteomics. 2013 Jun;12(6):1572-88. doi: 10.1074/mcp.M112.021980. Epub 2013 Feb 24.


Lysosomes are membrane-bound endocytic organelles that play a major role in degrading cell macromolecules and recycling their building blocks. A comprehensive knowledge of the lysosome function requires an extensive description of its content, an issue partially addressed by previous proteomic analyses. However, the proteins underlying many lysosomal membrane functions, including numerous membrane transporters, remain unidentified. We performed a comparative, semi-quantitative proteomic analysis of rat liver lysosome-enriched and lysosome-nonenriched membranes and used spectral counts to evaluate the relative abundance of proteins. Among a total of 2,385 identified proteins, 734 proteins were significantly enriched in the lysosomal fraction, including 207 proteins already known or predicted as endo-lysosomal and 94 proteins without any known or predicted subcellular localization. The remaining 433 proteins had been previously assigned to other subcellular compartments but may in fact reside on lysosomes either predominantly or as a secondary location. Many membrane-associated complexes implicated in diverse processes such as degradation, membrane trafficking, lysosome biogenesis, lysosome acidification, signaling, and nutrient sensing were enriched in the lysosomal fraction. They were identified to an unprecedented extent as most, if not all, of their subunits were found and retained by our screen. Numerous transporters were also identified, including 46 novel potentially lysosomal proteins. We expressed 12 candidates in HeLa cells and observed that most of them colocalized with the lysosomal marker LAMP1, thus confirming their lysosomal residency. This list of candidate lysosomal proteins substantially increases our knowledge of the lysosomal membrane and provides a basis for further characterization of lysosomal functions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Gene Expression
  • HeLa Cells
  • Hepatocytes / chemistry
  • Hepatocytes / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Membranes / chemistry*
  • Liver / chemistry
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Lysosome-Associated Membrane Glycoproteins / genetics
  • Lysosome-Associated Membrane Glycoproteins / metabolism
  • Lysosomes / chemistry*
  • Male
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / isolation & purification*
  • Membrane Transport Proteins / metabolism
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Molecular Sequence Annotation
  • Proteome / genetics
  • Proteome / isolation & purification*
  • Proteome / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar


  • Biomarkers
  • LAMP1 protein, human
  • Lysosome-Associated Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Membrane Transport Proteins
  • Proteome