Anouncement Immunogenetics Database

Ansar Malik malik at
Fri Jun 23 13:11:08 EST 1995


Professor Marie-Paule LEFRANC
Laboratoire d'ImmunoGénétique Moléculaire, LIGM
UMR CNRS 9942, Institut de Genétique Moléclaire
BP 5051, 1919 route de Mende, 34033 MONTPELLIER Cedex 1

Telephone: (33) 67 61 36 34
FAX      : (33) 67 04 02 31/67 04 02 45
e-mail   : lefranc at


The ImMunoGeneTics database, IMGT, is an integrated specialised database
containing nucleotide sequence information of genes important in the function
of the immune system. It collects and annotates sequences belonging to the
immunoglobulin superfamily which are involved in immune recognition, these are
the B cell antigen receptor (Immunoglobulin or Ig), the T cell antigen receptor
(TcR) (LIGM-database) and the class I and class II molecules of the Major
Histocompatibility Complex (MHC), in humans the later are referred to as the
Human Leucocyte Antigens (HLA) system (HLA-database).


An integrated immumogenetics database (IMGT/LIGM) specialising in Ig and TcR is
under development through collaboration between LIGM, IFG and EMBL oustation
EBI. This database consists of the Ig and TcR sequence entries. It was started
by LIGM (University Montpellier II, Marie-Paule Lefranc), in collaboration
with the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Robotique et de  Microélectronique de
Montpellier (LIRMM, Patrice Dehais, Isabelle Mougenot) the Centre National
Universitaire Sud de Calcul (CNUSC, Sophie Creuzet) and EMBL  (Rainer Fuchs). 

Marie-Paule Lefranc (coordinator)
Werner Müller, Ansar Malik.
LIGM   Montpellier : Véronique Giudicelli, Chantal Busin
CNUSC  Montpellier : Denys Chaume


A user-friendly interface for the IMGT/LIGM has been developed and can be
accessed by users. Requirements for access to IMGT/LIGM are an internet 
connection and an X terminal or emulation. Users who want connection should 
contact the following persons by electronic mail denys.chaume at or 
giudi at

An alternative method of accessing the database is to use the Internet
file  transfer protocol (ftp). Researchers with direct access to the Internet
can use the FTP program on their local machine to connect to the host
FTP.EBI.AC.UK and enter the user name "anonymous" and their email address as
password. The  directory pub/help contains detailed information about the data
available from the EBI anonymous FTP server. IMGT/LIGM database is available
from the following directory:  

IMGT/LIGM quarterly release:          pub/databases/imgt

This database will be made available on CD-ROM as an acompanying database
to the EMBL Nucleotide Sequence Database.

|Ansar Malik                      |
|European Bioinformatics Institute|
|Hinxton Hall                     |
|Hinxton                          |
|Cambridge   CB10 1RQ             |
|Great Britain                    |
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