In the 1980 Newsletter  NC-IUB invited suggestions for the naming of the protein once called prealbumin. This name had become unsatisfactory, because the prefix 'pre' had come to imply a precursor, and so was undesirable for indicating a protein with a greater electrophoretic mobility. The first suggestions received were also published. The most favoured suggestion among those received is 'transthyretin' to indicate that this is a serum transport protein for both thyroxin and retinol-binding protein [Raz and Goodman (1969) J. Biol. Chem. 244, 3230-3237]. NC-IUB does not think it need consider the subject further but offers the same transthyretin, arrived at by consultation among Drs D. S. Goodman (New York), T. Peters (Cooperstown, NY), J. Robbins (Bethesda, MD) and H. G. Schwick (Marburg).
1. IUPAC-IUB Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN), and Nomenclature Commission of IUB (NC-IUB),.Newsletter 1981, Arch. Biochem. Biophys., 1981, 206, 458-462; Eur. J. Biochem., 1981, 114, 1-4; Hoppe-Seyler's Z. Physiol. Chem., 1981, 362, I-IV; J. Biol. Chem., 1981, 256, 12-14.
2. IUPAC-IUB Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN), and Nomenclature Commission of IUB (NC-IUB),.Newsletter 1980, Eur. J. Biochem., 1980, 104, 321-322; Hoppe-Seyler's Z. Physiol. Chem., 1980, 361, I-IV.