Updates to the symbol nomenclature for glycans guidelines

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    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 (NCBI) at the NCBI-Glycans Page (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/glycans/snfg.html). Several changes have been made to the SNFG page in the past 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)620-624
    Number of pages5
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019


    • database
    • glycobiology
    • glycoscience
    • software
    • symbol nomenclature


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