[Xenopus] Working guidelines for transgenic and mutant line naming

xenbase xenbase at ucalgary.ca
Thu Oct 22 14:28:14 EDT 2015

Hello Xenopus community,

Please find attached the working guidelines for Xenopus transgenic and mutant line nomenclature.

For transgenic lines, the first step is to name your construct(s), then base the Tg line name on the Tg construct name. 
Mutant lines are named after the location of the mutation, whether it is known (use a gene symbol) or unknown (use a described phenotype).

Remember, only those lines that are maintained in the lab and/or supplied to other researchers or stock centers need official names - transient lines do not need official need names.

These guidelines have been posted on Xenbase forums - the Xenopus community discussion board. 
Please feel free to pose questions and use cases  to Xenbase (xenbase at ucalgary.ca) or post on the forums board.

The examples given in the guidelines are generally straight forward, but we all know Tg constructs can be very complicated, We will post extended guidelines to Xenbase & Xenbase Forums this Fall, which will cover more complex constructs.

> Christina James-Zorn, PhD.
> Xenbase Curator


If Xenbase contributes to your research, please cite us in your papers. 

Xenbase: Core Features, Data Acquisition, and Data Processing
GENESIS  2015. Article first published online : 16 JUL 2015,   DOI: 10.1002/dvg.22873.
C James-Zorn, VG Ponferrada, KA  Burns, JD Fortriede, VS Lotay, Y Liu, JB Karpinka, K Karimi, AM Zorn, PD Vize.

Xenbase, the Xenopus model organism database; new virtualized system, data types and genomes.
Nucleic Acids Research, 2015, 43(D1): D756-D763.
JB Karpinka, JD Fortriede, KA Burns, C James-Zorn, VG Ponferrada, J Lee, K Karimi, AM Zorn, PD Vize.

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