Symbol nomenclature for glycan representation

Ajit Varki, Richard D. Cummings, Jeffrey D. Esko, Hudson H. Freeze, Pamela Stanley, Jamey D. Marth, Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Gerald W. Hart, Marilynn E. Etzler

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The glycan symbol nomenclature proposed by Harvey et al. in these pages has relative advantages and disadvantages. The use of symbols to depict glycans originated from Kornfeld in 1978, was systematized in the First Edition of "Essentials of Glycobiology" and updated for the second edition, with input from relevant organizations such as the Consortium for Functional Glycomics. We also note that 4200 illustrations in the second edition have already been published using our nomenclature and are available for download at PubMed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5398-5399
Number of pages2
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Glycans
  • Glycomics
  • Glycoproteomics
  • Monosaccharides
  • Nomenclature
  • Symbols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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