IUPAC-IUBMB Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN)
and Nomenclature Committee of IUBMB (NC-IUBMB)

Extracts from Newsletter

The nomenclature committees publish newletters from time to time in various journals of biochemistry as a way of drawing attention to new recommendations, revisions to existing ones, current problems that are being studied, and to make minor recommendations that are too small to demand a full-scale document. In the future the committees hope that many of these functions will be fulfilled by these web pages. The full text of the 1996 and 1999 Newsletters are available.

The full text of parts of some Newsletters are also available as listed below.

Newsletter 1992


Meaning of ligand, ligation, ligated

Newsletter 1989

Names for hydrogen species

Designation of the two strands of DNA, coding and non-coding

Meaning of homology and homologous

Newsletter 1988

What is rDNA ?


Newsletter 1986

Shortened representation of oligosaccaride chains

Newsletter 1985

Interferon nomenclature

Representative phospholipids involving diesterified phosphoric acid

Newsletter 1984


Glycation, glycated proteins

Synthases and ligases

Newsletter 1983

Replacement of CHOH by CO

1-Carboxyvinyl group

Residues in Proteins as Enzyme Substrates

Newsletter 1981

Parentheses and square brackets in chemical formulae

Prealbumin becomes transthyretin

Masses of moles

What is a lectin ? (definition)

Newsletter 1980

Isotopically substituted compounds (substituted, labelled)

comments on the nomenclature of phosphorus-containing compounds

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