IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system was created in 1989, by Marie-Paule Lefranc, at the Laboratoire d'ImmunoGÃ©nÃ©tique MolÃ©culaire (LIGM) (UniversitÃ© Montpellier II and CNRS) at Montpellier, France, in order to standardize and manage the complexity of the immunogenetics data. Fifteen years later, IMGT is the international reference in immunogenetics and immunoinformatics, and provides a high quality integrated knowledge resource, specialized in the immunoglobulins (IG) and T cell receptors (TR), major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of human and other vertebrates, and related proteins of the immune systems (RPI) of any species which belong to the immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF) and to the MHC superfamily (MhcSF). IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system consists of five databases, ten on-line tools and Web resources. The IMGT Scientific chart comprises the controlled vocabulary and the annotation rules necessary for the immunogenetics data identification, description, classification and numbering and for knowledge management in the IMGT information system. Marie-Paule Lefranc, IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system: a standardized approach for immunogenetics and immunoinformatics.
Last date updated on June, 2014