The concise guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14: Ion channels

Stephen P. H. Alexander (Lead / Corresponding author), Helen E. Benson, Elena Faccenda, Adam J. Pawson, Joanna L. Sharman, William A. Catterall, Michael Spedding, John A. Peters, Anthony J. Harmar

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    The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2013/14 provides concise overviews of the key properties of over 2000 human drug targets with their pharmacology, plus links to an open access knowledgebase of drug targets and their ligands (, which provides more detailed views of target and ligand properties. The full contents can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley. com/doi/10.1111/bph.12444/full. Ion channels are one of the seven major pharmacological targets into which the Guide is divided, with the others being G protein-coupled receptors, ligand-gated ion channels, catalytic receptors, nuclear hormone receptors, transporters and enzymes. These are presented with nomenclature guidance and summary information on the best available pharmacological tools, alongside key references and suggestions for further reading. A new landscape format has easy to use tables comparing related targets. It is a condensed version of material contemporary to late 2013, which is presented in greater detail and constantly updated on the website, superseding data presented in previous Guides to Receptors and Channels. It is produced in conjunction with NC-IUPHAR and provides the official IUPHAR classification and nomenclature for human drug targets, where appropriate. It consolidates information previously curated and displayed separately in IUPHAR-DB and the Guide to Receptors and Channels, providing a permanent, citable, point-in-time record that will survive database updates. Copyright © 2013 The British Pharmacological Society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1607-1651
    Number of pages45
    JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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