A new system for naming ribosomal proteins

Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2014 Feb:24:165-9. doi: 10.1016/j.sbi.2014.01.002. Epub 2014 Feb 10.


A system for naming ribosomal proteins is described that the authors intend to use in the future. They urge others to adopt it. The objective is to eliminate the confusion caused by the assignment of identical names to ribosomal proteins from different species that are unrelated in structure and function. In the system proposed here, homologous ribosomal proteins are assigned the same name, regardless of species. It is designed so that new names are similar enough to old names to be easily recognized, but are written in a format that unambiguously identifies them as 'new system' names.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacteria / chemistry
  • Bacterial Proteins / chemistry
  • Bacterial Proteins / classification
  • Fungal Proteins / chemistry
  • Fungal Proteins / classification
  • Humans
  • Ribosomal Proteins / chemistry
  • Ribosomal Proteins / classification*
  • Ribosome Subunits / chemistry
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Yeasts / chemistry


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Ribosomal Proteins