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Glycobiology. 2017 Oct 1;27(10):915-919. doi: 10.1093/glycob/cwx066.

GlyTouCan: an accessible glycan structure repository.

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1
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, The University of Georgia, 315 Riverbend Rd, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA.
2
The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.
3
Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Ave, Room SL-0408, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
4
University of Gothenburg, Box 440, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden.
5
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CUI - 7, route de Drize, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland.
6
Institute for Glycomics, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia.
7
Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia.
8
Soka University, 1-236 Tangi-machi, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-8577, Japan.
9
The Noguchi Institute, 1-9-7, Kaga, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-0003, Japan.
10
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0046, Japan.

Abstract

Rapid and continued growth in the generation of glycomic data has revealed the need for enhanced development of basic infrastructure for presenting and interpreting these datasets in a manner that engages the broader biomedical research community. Early in their growth, the genomic and proteomic fields implemented mechanisms for assigning unique gene and protein identifiers that were essential for organizing data presentation and for enhancing bioinformatic approaches to extracting knowledge. Similar unique identifiers are currently absent from glycomic data. In order to facilitate continued growth and expanded accessibility of glycomic data, the authors strongly encourage the glycomics community to coordinate the submission of their glycan structures to the GlyTouCan Repository and to make use of GlyTouCan identifiers in their communications and publications. The authors also deeply encourage journals to recommend a submission workflow in which submitted publications utilize GlyTouCan identifiers as a standard reference for explicitly describing glycan structures cited in manuscripts.

KEYWORDS:

GlyTouCan; database; glycan identifier; repository; structure

PMID:
28922742
PMCID:
PMC5881658
DOI:
10.1093/glycob/cwx066
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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