A standardized kinesin nomenclature

J Cell Biol. 2004 Oct 11;167(1):19-22. doi: 10.1083/jcb.200408113.


In recent years the kinesin superfamily has become so large that several different naming schemes have emerged, leading to confusion and miscommunication. Here, we set forth a standardized kinesin nomenclature based on 14 family designations. The scheme unifies all previous phylogenies and nomenclature proposals, while allowing individual sequence names to remain the same, and for expansion to occur as new sequences are discovered.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Kinesin / chemistry*
  • Kinesin / classification*
  • Multigene Family
  • Terminology as Topic*


  • Kinesin