The extracellular matrix (ECM) is unique to each tissue, it guides cell differentiation, migration, morphology, and function. It has not been systematically studied in the human pancreas. In this paper, Li et al describe how they used mass spectrometry-based strategies using N,N-dimethyl leucine isobaric tags to identify proteome-wide and ECM-specific alterations in four age groups. They found 3,523 proteins and quantified 117 of them. This work will contribute to understanding the critical roles ECM plays in human pancreas development and maturation.