SGD Help: Gene Name Reservation

Welcome to this quick video tutorial on how
to reserve a yeast gene name. To avoid gene naming conflicts, SGD accepts reservations for gene names that will be published soon. These names are unique identifiers for genes
that are under active study, and are intended for publication in a scientific journal. To make your reservation, researchers submit
a name to SGD along with at least one piece of scientific information regarding the gene
or its product. For example, a description, phenotype, localization,
or function. After a gene name is reserved, SGD biocurators
will act as advocates for the usage of the reserved name. If we become aware of a nomenclature conflict,
we will attempt to notify all parties and initiate a dialogue. In this way, reserving your gene name with
SGD can help prevent nomenclature conflicts. Reserving a gene name is easy. First, choose your gene name. Next, make sure it’s unique. Then, submit it to SGD. We will do the rest. Step 1: Choose a name, following the S. cerevisiae
naming guidelines. The gene should consist of 3 letters: the
gene symbol, followed by an integer. For example: ADE12. The three-lettered gene symbol should stand
for a description of a phenotype, gene product, or gene function. Any given gene symbol should have only one
associated description. This helps ensure that all genes using a particular
three-letter symbol will have a related phenotype, gene product, or function. For example, SPO will always mean sporulation. Step 2: Make sure the proposed name is unique
among S. cerevisiae standard gene names. Use SGD’s Global Gene Hunter to make sure
that your gene name is not already in use for S. cerevisiae. It is also a good idea to avoid using gene
names from other organisms, unless you are naming the S. cerevisiae ortholog. Step 3: Submit to SGD via the Gene Registry
Form. Gene names may be reserved using the SGD Gene
Registry form. You must provide us with you name, email address,
and the gene name. Please also include a description of the three-lettered
gene symbol. Step 4: SGD will confirm the proposed name. At the time of registration, SGD biocurators
will check PubMed, GenBank, EMBL, DDBJ, and the SGD Gene Name Registry to verify that
the gene name is unique, and that it follows yeast nomenclature conventions. If your chosen gene name is not acceptable
for some reason, SGD biocurators will let you know and ask that you please select a
different name. Step 5: SGD will enter the reservation. A reserved gene name is displayed on the locus
summary page of the relevant gene. The reservation date and any information submitted
along with the reservation are displayed along in the History section near the bottom of
the page. Reserved gene names become standard gene names
upon publication. Reservations expire one year from the date
of submission. At that time, SGD biocurators will contact
you and provide an opportunity to extend the reservation if you need more time. After reserving your gene name, SGD biocurators
will actively discourage anyone from using your reserved gene name. If we do become aware of a nomenclature conflict,
we will attempt to notify all parties and work toward an amicable resolution. For more information, please refer to the
Nomenclature Conventions page, or the guide to S. cerevisiae nomenclature publishing trends
in genetics. If you have any further questions, please
contact us at [email protected]

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