KIR Nomenclature

During discussion at the WHO Nomenclature Committee for Factors of the HLA System meeting in Victoria, Canada in May 2002, it was decided to form a sub-committee to co-ordinate the naming of alleles of the genes encoding the Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR) (1). Details of the decisions made by the KIR Nomenclature Committee for KIR gene, allele, haplotype and genotype nomenclature are given under the following sections below. The full report of their discussions is also available (2).


All references are linked to the PubMed abstract where possible.

  1. Marsh SGE, Albert ED, Bodmer WF, Bontrop RE, Dupont B, Erlich HA, Hansen JA, Mach B, Mayr WR, Parham P, Petersdorf EW, Sasazuki T, Schreuder GMTh, Strominger JL, Svejgaard A, Terasaki PI
    Nomenclature for factors of the HLA system, 2002
    European Journal of Immunogenetics (2002) 29:463-517
    Human Immunology (2002) 63:1213-1268
    Tissue Antigens (2002) 60:407-464 ( Abstract)
  2. Marsh SGE, Parham P, Dupont B, Geraghty DE, Trowsdale J, Middleton D, Vilches C, Carrington M, Witt C, Guethlein LA, Shilling H, Garcia CA, Hsu KC, Wain H.
    Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR) Nomenclature Report, 2002
    Tissue Antigens (2003) 62:79-86 (Abstract)
    Immunogenetics (2003) 55:220-226 (Abstract)
    Human Immunology (2003) 64:648-654 (Abstract)
    European Journal of Immunogenetics (2003) 30:229-234 (Abstract)
    Journal of Immunological Methods (2003) 281:1-8

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