In the NRNC classification scheme, Rev-Erb is nuclear receptor subfamily 1 group D (NR1D). The name "Rev-Erb" derived by truncation from "Rev-ERBA" (Rev-Erbα), which in turn was named because it was on the opposite strand of ERBA (THRA) oncogene. The paralogous Rev-Erbβ does not seem to have anything special on its reverse strand. Older sources may use "Rev-ERBA" as the family name.
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