Tentative Rules and Recommendations of International Scientific Unions

Many of the documents in this table can be found athttp://www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iupac/index.html.



May be found ina


Abbreviations and symbols for chemical names of special interest in biological chemistry

(1966) J. Biol. Chem.241,527-533


Abbreviations and symbols: a compilation (1976)

(1977) Eur. J.Biochem.74,1-6


Citation of bibliographic references in biochemical journals

(1973) J. Biol. Chem.248,7279-7280


Recommendations for the measurement and presentation of biochemical equilibrium data

(1976) J. Biol. Chem.251,6879-6885


Recommendations for the presentation of thermodynamic and related data in biology (1985)

(1985) Eur. J. Biochem.153,429-434

Labeled compounds

Isotopically modified compoundsb

(1978) Eur. J. Biochem.86,9-25


(1979) Eur. J. Biochem.102,315-316


Fundamental stereochemistryc

(1970) J. Org. Chem.35,2849-2867


Enzyme nomenclature. Recommendations (1992)

(1992) Academic Press


The nomenclature of multiple forms of enzymes

(1977) J. Biol. Chem.252,5939-5941

Catalytic activity

Units of enzyme activity (1978)

(1979) Eur. J. Biochem.97,319-320


Symbolism and terminology in enzyme kinetics

(1982) Eur. J. Biochem.128,281-291

Amino acids, peptides, and proteins

Nomenclature and symbolism for amino acids and peptides. Recommendations (1983)

(1985) J. Biol. Chem.260,14-42


Abbreviations and symbols for the description of the conformation of polypeptide chains

(1970) J. Biol. Chem.245,6489-6497


Nomenclature of iron-sulfur proteins

(1979) Eur. J. Biochem.93,427-430



(1979) Eur. J. Biochem.102,315


Nomenclature of peptide hormones

(1975) J. Biol. Chem.250,3215-3216


Nomenclature of human immunoglobulins

(1974) Eur. J. Biochem.45,5-6


Nomenclature of glycoproteins, glycopeptides, and peptidoglycans. Recommendations (1985)

(1987) J. Biol. Chem.262,13-18


Nomenclature of electron-transfer proteins. Recommendations (1989)

(1991) Eur. J. Biochem.200,599-611


IUPAC-IUBMB Nomenclature of Carbohydrates. Recommendations (1996)d

(1997) Adv. Carbohydr. Chem. Biochem.52,43-177



(1997) Carbohydr. Res.297,1-90



(1996) Pure Appl. Chem.68,1919-2008


The nomenclature of lipids. Recommendations (1976)

(1977) Lipids12,455-468

Nucleotides and nucleic acids

Abbreviations and symbols for nucleic acids, polynucleotides and their constituents

(1970) J.Biol. Chem.245,5171-5176



(1971) J. Biol. Chem.246,4894


Abbreviations and symbols for the description of conformations of polynucleotide chains

(1983) Eur. J. Biochem.131,9-15


Nomenclature for incompletely specified bases in nucleic acid sequences. Recommendations (1984)

(1986) J. Biol. Chem.261,13-17


Nomenclature of junctions and branch points in nucleic acids. Recommendations (1994)

(1995) Eur. J. Biochem.230,1-2


Nomenclature of phosphorus-containing compounds of biochemical importance. Recommendations (1976)

(1977) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.74,2222-2230


The nomenclature of steroids. Revised tentative rulese

(1969) Biochemistry8,2227-2242


Amendments (1971) and corrections

(1971) Biochemistry10,4994-4995


Nomenclature of quinones with isoprenoid side chains

(1975) Eur. J. Biochem.53,15-18


Tentative rules for the nomenclature of carotenoids

(1972) J. Biol. Chem.247,2633-2643



(1975) Biochemistry14,1803


The nomenclature of cyclitols. Recommendations (1973)

(1975) Eur. J. Biochem.57,1-7

Folic acid

Nomenclature and symbols for folic acid and related compounds

(1987) Eur. J. Biochem.,1987,168, 251-253


Nomenclature of corrinoids

(1974) Biochemistry13,1555-1560


Nomenclature of retinoids

(1983) J. Biol. Chem.258,5329-5333


The nomenclature of tetrapyrroles

(1980) Eur. J. Biochem.108,1-30


Nomenclature of tocopherols and related compounds (1981)

(1982) Eur. J. Biochem.123,473-475

Miscellaneous (vitamins)

Trivial names of miscellaneous compounds of importance in biochemistry

(1966) J. Biol. Chem.241,2987-2994

Vitamin B6

Nomenclature for vitamin B6 and related compounds

(1973) Eur. J. Biochem.40,325-327

Vitamin D

Nomenclature of vitamin D (1981)

(1982) Eur. J. Biochem.124,223-227


Web sites of the Nomenclature committees, which summarize the recommendations for nomenclature of different types of compounds can be found at: www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iubmb/.

A useful document listing various nomenclature references can be obtained from the Swiss-Pro database (prepared by Dr. Amos Bairoch) at http://www.expasy.ch/cgi-bin/lists?nomlist.txt.

aMost of these documents have also been published in other journals, e.g. Biochemistry, Biochem. J., Eur. J.Biochem., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, Arch. Biochem. Biophys.

The second edition of a Compendium of these documents is available from Portland Press Inc., Ashgate Publishing Co., Old Post Rd., Brookfield, VT 05036-9704; or Portland Press, Ltd., P.O. Box 32, Commerce Way, Colchester CO2 8HP, Essex, UK. The price is £18.00/ U.S. $36.00. Postage is £2.00/U.S. $2.50. A 15% discount is allowable on orders for 10 copies or more to a single address. Payment must accompany the order.

bThe final version may be found in (1979) Pure Appl. Chem.51,353-380.

cThe final version may be found in (1976) Pure Appl. Chem.45,11-30.

dCarbohydrate documents:http://www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iupac/2carb; other nomenclature documents:http://www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iubmb/.

eThe definitive rules for nomenclature of steroids may be found in (1972) Pure Appl. Chem.31,285-322.

fThe definitive rules may be found in (1975) Pure Appl. Chem.41,407-431.

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