About the IMGT/HLA Database
The IMGT/HLA Database currently contains 12,010 allele sequences. In addition to the physical sequences the database contains detailed information concerning the material from which the sequence was derived and data on the validation of the sequences. It is now established procedure for authors to submit the sequences directly to the IMGT/HLA Database for checking and assignment of an official name prior to publication, this avoids the problems associated with renaming published sequences and the confusion of multiple names for the same sequence. The need for reasonably rapid publication of new HLA allele sequences has necessitated an annual meeting of the WHO Nomenclature Committee for Factors of the HLA System. Additionally we now publish monthly HLA nomenclature updates both in journals and online to provide quick and easy access to new sequence information.
In collaboration with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF, now Cancer Research UK) and European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) we have developed an Oracle® database to house the HLA sequences in such a way as to allow users to present complex queries about the sequence, sequence features, references, contacts and allele designations to the database via a graphical user interface over the web. The initial development of this database was been funded by collaborative European Union BIOMED1 (BIOCT930038) and BIOTECH2 (BIO4CT960037) grants awarded to the ICRF as part of the International ImMunoGeneTics (IMGT) databases. The work on the HLA database was done in collaboration with Julia Bodmer (ICRF), and James Robinson previously of the ICRF now at the ANRI and Peter Parham of Stanford University.
The graph below indicates the numbers of alleles named since 1987, up to the end of June 2014.
Graph showing numbers of antigens and alleles named by
year from 1987 to the end of June 2014.
(A higher resolution version is available from here)
Collaborators and Development Team
The IMGT/HLA Database is currently maintained by the following:
- Steven G. E. Marsh, BSc PhD ARCS
- James Robinson, BSc MSc
- Jason Halliwell, BSc MSc
- James D Hayhurst, BSc
Other collaborators include;
- Peter Parham, MA PhD - Stanford University Medical School
- Rodrigo Lopez - European Bioinformatics Institute
- Paul Flicek - European Bioinformatics Institute
The original design and development of the
database was undertaken with Julia G. Bodmer, MA DSc Hon MRCP of the
Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
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