Question: Many To One Relationship Between Ucsc Gene Names And Hgnc Names?
gravatar for Richard Rauscher
9.0 years ago by
Hershey, PA
Richard Rauscher70 wrote:

This is a question begot out of curiosity more than practicality but...

with help from folks on this board, I've managed to go from chromosomal regions to UCSC gene names. Using the xref table, I mapped those names to HGNC symbols. Some of the UCSC names map to the same HGNC symbols. Why are there multiple UCSC "gene" names mapping to a single HGNC symbol?

Thanks, -Rich

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gravatar for Jorge Amigo
9.0 years ago by
Jorge Amigo11k
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Jorge Amigo11k wrote:

the Human Gene Nomenclature Consortium (HGNC) has always tried to bring some order into the caos that gene nomenclature was suffering for years, and what they've came out with is the concept of "approved name" and "alias". what they've always tried is to select a gene name as the approved one, leaving all the synonyms they found reported for that gene as aliases.

although HGNC gene names are commonly considered as the gold standard, and although lots of efforts have been made in order to standarize this issue, not every entry on the main gene informative repositories (UCSC, Ensembl, NCBI's Entrez, ...) follow this rule. for that reason you may still find some gene names inside UCSC that may refer to the same single HGNC approved gene name.

ADD COMMENTlink written 9.0 years ago by Jorge Amigo11k
gravatar for Pierre Lindenbaum
9.0 years ago by
France/Nantes/Institut du Thorax - INSERM UMR1087
Pierre Lindenbaum127k wrote:

by UCSC "gene" do you mean the names from the table knownGene ? It is a database of transcripts, that is why they map to one HGNC 'Gene' (Many-to-one).

ADD COMMENTlink written 9.0 years ago by Pierre Lindenbaum127k

yes, KnownGene. Ah...that makes sense. Thanks

ADD REPLYlink written 9.0 years ago by Richard Rauscher70
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