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This is a quick followup question to this question about proteins that play important roles in chemotaxis:

How does one pronounce the protein names "CheY", "CheW", etc., in English? My guess would be that they're pronounced like "key why", "key double-u", etc.

(I want to refer to these proteins in a philosophy of science presentation, but don't have much background in molecular biology. I know about chemotaxis only from reading.)

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  • $\begingroup$ That's certainly how I would pronounce them: you're abbreviating 'chemotaxis', so "key-Y' makes sense. You could probably get away with 'C-H-E-Y' or 'Chemotaxis-Y' but I'd use the first one. When they're unpronounceable spell it, otherwise say it if you can. There aren't official guidelines on gene symbol pronunciation, so you're on your own. $\endgroup$
    – Resonating
    Oct 19 '15 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ These are not English words that have any defined pronunciation. These are more like code-words. You can pronounce them as you want. For these proteins, I just pronounce them as if they were abbreviations and not acronyms. $\endgroup$
    – WYSIWYG
    Oct 20 '15 at 4:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Resonating, WYSYWIG, these are answers, and the best answers possible, I suspect. Each of your comments helped me. You should post them as answers, so that I can upvote them. $\endgroup$
    – Mars
    Oct 21 '15 at 13:00
  • $\begingroup$ Resonating, @WYSYWIG, these are answers, and the best answers possible, I suspect. Each of your comments helped me. You should post them as answers, so that I can upvote them. $\endgroup$
    – Mars
    Oct 21 '15 at 13:00
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As was mentioned in the comments, these are not real words and there is no authority on their pronunciation. Given that Che is an abbreviation of chemotaxis, I would pronounce it the same as key.

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