The official unified nomenclature adopted by the HGNC calls for the use of the acronyms, CCN1-6, and discontinuation in the use of CYR61, CTGF, NOV and WISP 1-3 respectively

J Cell Commun Signal. 2018 Dec;12(4):625-629. doi: 10.1007/s12079-018-0491-1. Epub 2018 Nov 5.


An examination of the confusion generated around the use of different acronyms for CCN proteins has been performed by the editors of the HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee upon the request of the International CCN Society Scientific Committee. After careful consideration of the various arguments, and after polling the community of researchers who have published in the field over the past ten years, the HGNC have decided to adopt and approve the CCN nomenclature for all 6 genes. Effective October 2018, the genes referred to as CYR61, CTGF, NOV and WISP1-3 will be respectively designated by the gene symbols CCN1-6 with corresponding gene names « cellular communication Q2 network factor 1-6 ». We believe that this decision will be a step towards better communication between researchers working in the field, and will set the stage for fruitful collaborative projects. Accordingly, the Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling, the official journal of the International CCN Society, available both in print and online, constitutes a unique window into the CCN field. This official nomenclature will benefit the international scientific community that is supported by the established and renowned professionalism of the Springer-Nature publishing group.

Keywords: CCN proteins; CCNgenes; CTGF; CYR61; Cellular communication network factor; NOV; WISP1; WISP2; WISP3.

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