The question of whether growth cones generated by different neurons contain distinctive membrane glycoproteins was examined. Growth cone particles (GCPs) were isolated from specific regions of fetal or early postnatal brain, and their membrane proteins were analyzed by 2D gel electrophoresis and Western blotting, using WGA as a probe. These blots were compared to those generated by synaptosomes from adult brain. The patterns reveal a number of WGA-binding glycoproteins that are uniformly present in these subcellular fractions and others that are found in GCPs from selected brain regions only. The results indicate, therefore, substantial pattern diversity for the different, restricted growth cone populations. Some of the WGA-binding glycoproteins seen in GCPs disappear with increasing age and are absent from synaptosomes, while others seem to become more prominent. One of the glycoprotein complexes present in all GCP and synaptosome fractions analyzed is gp93. It has an apparent molecular weight of 90–97 kDa and exhibits unusually high heterogeneity in GCPs from whole fetal brain. The gp93 complex covers a pI range from about 4.9 to about 6.4 and consists of at least 12 different species, probably isoelectric variants. In GCPs from different brain regions, the sets of gp93 species observed are different and characteristic. Neuraminidase digestion shifts the gp93 pattern to a more neutral pI but simplifies it only partially, indicating that variable sialic acid content explains the molecular diversity to some extent. Thus, gp93 is a glycoprotein complex whose members are expressed and/or posttranslationally processed differentially in different growth cone populations. Such a glycoprotein family may be involved in selective cell-cell recognition.