Thursday, 12 December 2013

ADAN - prediction of protein-protein interAction of moDular domAiNs

The ADAN Database - prediction of protein-protein interAction of moDular domAiNs - breaks the rules, really, as it is not technically an acronym. To be honest, I am not really sure what it is but it seemed so contrived that it warranted an ORCA entry. To add to the confusion, I do not know what “Adan” (the word rather than the database) is nor its relevance to protein-protein interactions, which is one of my own research areas.

As the database seems to be hosted by Universidad Miguel Hernández in Spain, the only thing I can think is that it is a backronym homage to Spanish footballer, Antonio Adán!

h/t: Nico.


  1. Contrived indeed, and I can't find a convention to classify this word. Perhaps it's adequate to make it the first of its kind (call it 'intranym', maybe?) as Adan is the spanish for Adam, the name some people give to the first hominid supposed to be born with a proper H. sapiens phenotype.

  2. Well, that explains the logo although it makes the whole thing even more strange! Perhaps they liked the picture and wanted to retrofit an "intranym" too it! A backintranym!