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Last modified September 9, 2013

This subsection of the ‘Names and origin’ section provides information on the name(s) of the organism that is the source of the protein sequence.

The organism designation consists of the Latin scientific name, usually composed of the genus and species names (the binomial system developed by Linnaeus), followed optionally by the English common name and a synonym.
Examples: Bacillus subtilis, Homo sapiens, Cardamine pratensis (Cuckoo flower) (Alpine bitter cress)

The synonym can be a common name in English (or in Latin in the case of some historical legacy names).
Example: Radianthus magnifica (Magnificent sea anemone) (Heteractis magnifica)

In the case of viruses, the designation does not follow the binomial system. The English common name is used as the scientific name, sometimes followed by an acronym. When possible, viruses are named according to the nomenclature of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).
Examples: Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (isolate BRU/LAI group M subtype B) (HIV-1), Influenza A virus (strain A/Aichi/2/1968 H3N2)

The organism name can differ from that given by the international nucleotide sequence databases for the same taxon. This is mainly due to our efforts in providing the most descriptive common names and synonyms to our users.

When a complete proteome for the organism of interest is available in UniProtKB, this is specified in square brackets after the name of the organism. This tag [Complete proteome] is clickable and opens a page containing the list of entries composing the complete proteome. Note that, in most cases, the complete proteome combines both UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot and UniProtKB/TrEMBL entries. The entries selected to represent the complete proteome are also tagged with the ‘Complete proteome’ keyword.

Note that the complete proteome for a given organism, when available, can also be accessed through the taxonomy page of our website (follow the ‘Complete proteomes’ link).

For bacteria and archaea entries, a link to the HAMAP pages is provided in square brackets after the name of the organism. It opens the HAMAP page dedicated to this specific organism.

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