A nomenclature for ligand-gated ion channels

Graham L. Collingridge, Richard W. Olsen, John Peters, Michael Spedding

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    Abstract

    The ligand-gated ion channels that participate in fast synaptic transmission comprise the nicotinic acetylcholine, 5-hydroxytryptamine(3) (5-HT3), gamma-aminobutyric acid(A) (GABA(A)), glycine, ionotropic glutamate and P2X receptor families. A consistent and systematic nomenclature for the individual subunits that comprise these receptors and the receptors that result from their co-assembly is highly desirable. There is also a need to develop criteria that aid in deciding which of the vast number of heteromeric combinations of subunits that can be assembled in heterologous expression systems in vitro, are known, or likely. to exist as functional receptors in vivo. The aim of this short article is to summarize the progress being made by the nomenclature committee of IUPHAR (NC-IUPHAR) in formulating recommendations that attempt to address these issues. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25
    Number of pages4
    JournalNeuropharmacology
    Volume56
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

    Keywords

    • Ligand-gated ion channels
    • Nomenclature
    • UNION-OF-PHARMACOLOGY
    • GLUTAMATE RECEPTOR SUBUNIT
    • INTERNATIONAL-UNION
    • MOLECULAR RELATIONSHIPS
    • POTASSIUM CHANNELS
    • NMDA RECEPTOR
    • CLONING
    • GENES
    • CLASSIFICATION
    • EXPRESSION

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