Symbol and Text Nomenclature for Representation of Glycan Structure
The Nomenclature Committee evaluated widely used symbol nomenclatures and consulted with a variety of interested parties. As a result, the committee selected a version originally put forth by Stuart Kornfeld and later adapted by the editors of the textbook 'Essentials of Glycobiology' (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press). In consultation with the editors of the 'Essentials of Glycobiology' it was further modified based on the following criteria:
The Nomenclature Committee recommends a 'modified IUPAC condensed' text nomenclature which includes the anomeric carbon but not the parentheses, and which can be written in either a linear or 2D version. The Committee felt that:
Examples of symbol nomenclature used to illustrate N- and O-linked glycans written in the 2D version of the text nomenclature. Note that symbol structures will be used to annotate data where linkages have not been defined (e.g MALDI profiling), and if linkages between monosaccharides are known, they can be added above or to the side of the line connecting the symbols if desired (e.g. alpha6 or beta4).
Proposed nomenclature : pathogen glycan array and pathogen glycans .
Tool for drawing/annotation of structure can be found at: