UPDATES TO THE SYMBOL NOMENCLATURE FOR GLYCANS (SNFG) GUIDELINES

S. Neelamegham1, K. Aoki-Kinoshita2, E. Bolton3, M. Frank4, F. Lisacek5, T. Lütteke6, N. OBoyle7, N. Packer8, P. Stanley9, Ph. Toukach10, A. Varki11, R.J. Woods12, SNFG Discussion group13

1State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
2Soka University, Japan
3National Library of Medicine (NLM), USA
4Biognos AB Göteborg, Sweden
5Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Switzerland
6GIP GmbH, Offenbach, Germany
7NextMove Software, USA
8Macquarie University, Australia
9Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
10Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russia
11University of California, San Diego, USA
12University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
13Other members of the SNFG Discussion group:
 
Alan Darvill, University of Georgia, USA
Anne Dell, Imperial College London, UK
Bernard Henrissat, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University, USA
Gerald Hart, University of Georgia, USA
Hisashi Narimatsu, Research Center of Medical Glycoscience, Japan
Hudson Freeze, Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Research Institute, USA
Issaku Yamada, The Noguchi Institute, Japan
James Paulson, Scripps Research Institute, USA
James Prestegard, University of Georgia, USA
Jamey Marth, , University of California Santa Barbara, USA
JFG Vliegenthart, Bijvoet Center, Netherlands
Marilynn Etzler, UC Davis, USA
Markus Aebi, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

 
Minoru Kanehisa, Kyoto University, Japan
Naoyuki Taniguchi, Riken Global Research Cluster, Japan
Nathan Edwards, Georgetown University, USA
Pauline Rudd, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training, UK
Peter Seeberger, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Raja Mazumder, The George Washington University, USA
Rene Ranzinger, University of Georgia, USA
Richard Cummings, Harvard Medical School, USA
Ronald Schnaar, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Serge Perez, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Stuart Kornfeld, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Taroh Kinoshita, Osaka University, Japan
William York, University of Georgia, USA
Yuriy Knirel, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

KEYWORDS: database, glycoscience, glycobiology, software, symbol nomenclature

Glycobiology, 2019, . 29(9), .620-624

DOI: 10.1093/glycob/cwz045, PMID: 31184695


The Symbol Nomenclature For Glycans (SNFG) is a community-curated standard for the depiction of monosaccharides and complex glycans using various colored-coded, geometric shapes, along with defined text additions. It is hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the NCBI-Glycans Page (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/glycans/snfg.html). Several changes have been made to the SNFG page in the last year to update the rules for depicting glycans using the SNFG, to include more examples of use, particularly for non-mammalian organisms, and to provide guidelines for the depiction of ambiguous glycan structures. This Glycoforum article summarizes these recent changes.

SNFG examples from various biological domains
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