DrawGlycan-SNFG: a robust tool to render glycans and glycopeptides with fragmentation information

Glycobiology. 2017 Mar 15;27(3):200-205. doi: 10.1093/glycob/cww115.


Glycan or carbohydrate structures can be pictorially represented using symbolic nomenclatures. The symbol nomenclature for glycans (SNFG) contains 67 different monosaccharides represented using various colors and geometric shapes. A simple tool to convert International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) format text to SNFG will be useful for sketching glycans and glycopeptides. Such code can also enable the development of more sophisticated applications, where the visual representation of carbohydrate structures is necessary. To address this need, the current manuscript describes DrawGlycan-SNFG, a freely available, platform-independent, open-source tool. It allows: i. the display of glycans and glycopeptides from IUPAC-condensed text inputs and ii. the depiction of glycan and glycopeptide fragments. The online version of this program is provided with a user-friendly web interface at www.virtualglycome.org/DrawGlycan. Downloadable, stand-alone GUI (Graphical User Interface) version and the program source code are also available from this repository. DrawGlycan-SNFG will be useful for experimentalists looking for a ready to use, simple program for sketching carbohydrates and for software developers interested in incorporating SNFG into their program suite.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Carbohydrates / chemistry
  • Carbohydrates / classification
  • Glycopeptides / chemistry
  • Glycopeptides / classification*
  • Internet
  • Monosaccharides / chemistry
  • Monosaccharides / classification*
  • Polysaccharides / chemistry
  • Polysaccharides / classification*
  • Software*


  • Carbohydrates
  • Glycopeptides
  • Monosaccharides
  • Polysaccharides