APPENDIX 1P Nomenclature of the Human Immunoglobulin Genes

  1. Marie-Paule Lefranc

Published Online: 1 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142735.ima01ps40

Current Protocols in Immunology

Current Protocols in Immunology

How to Cite

Lefranc, M.-P. 2001. Nomenclature of the Human Immunoglobulin Genes. Current Protocols in Immunology. 40:1P:A.1P.1–A.1P.37.

Author Information

  1. Université Montpellier II, CNRS, Montpellier, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAY 2001
  2. Published Print: DEC 2000


The human immunoglobulins (Ig) are the products of three unlinked sets of genes: the immunoglobulin heavy (IGH), the immunoglobulin κ (IGK), and the immunoglobulin λ (IGL) genes, localized on chromosome 14 (14q32.33), 2 (2p12), and 22 (22q11.2), respectively. This appendix presents tabulated lists of the human immunoglobulin heavy, κ, and λ genes named in accordance with the International ImMunoGeneTics database (IMGT) and approved by the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Nomenclature Committee in 1999. Three additional tables list corresponding nomenclatures for these genes.