Update of the LIPID MAPS comprehensive classification system for lipids

E. Fahy, S. Subramaniam, R.C. Murphy, M. Nishijima, C.R.H. Raetz, T. Shimizu, F. Spener, G. van Meer, M.J.O. Wakelam, E.A. Dennis

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In 2005, the International Lipid Classification and Nomenclature Committee under the sponsorship of the LIPID MAPS Consortium developed and established a “Comprehensive Classification System for Lipids” based on well-defined chemical and biochemical principles and using an ontology that is extensible, flexible, and scalable. This classification system, which is compatible with contemporary databasing and informatics needs, has now been accepted internationally and widely adopted. In response to considerable attention and requests from lipid researchers from around the globe and in a variety of fields, the comprehensive classification system has undergone significant revisions over the last few years to more fully represent lipid structures from a wider variety of sources and to provide additional levels of detail as necessary. The details of this classification system are reviewed and updated and are presented here, along with revisions to its suggested nomenclature and structure-drawing recommendations for lipids.—Fahy, E., S. Subramaniam, R. C.Murphy,M. Nishijima,C. R.H. Raetz, T. Shimizu, F. Spener, G. vanMeer,M. J. O. Wakelam, and E. A. Dennis. Update of the LIPID MAPS comprehensive classification system for lipids.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S9-S14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue numberApril Suppl.
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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