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Pharmacogenetics. 1996 Jun;6(3):193-201.

Nomenclature for human CYP2D6 alleles.

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Pharmacogenetics Research Unit, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Medical School, UK.


To standardize CYP2D6 allele nomenclature, and to conform with international human gene nomenclature guidelines, an alternative to the current arbitrary system is described. Based on recommendations for human genome nomenclature, we propose that alleles be designated by CYP2D6 followed by an asterisk and a combination of roman letters and arabic numerals distinct for each allele with the number specifying the key mutation and, where appropriate, a letter specifying additional mutations. Criteria for classification as a separate allele and protein nomenclature are also presented.

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