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THE CONCISE GUIDE TO PHARMACOLOGY 2017/18: Other ion channels.

  • Alexander, Stephen Ph1
  • Kelly, Eamonn2
  • Marrion, Neil V2
  • Peters, John A3
  • Faccenda, Elena4
  • Harding, Simon D4
  • Pawson, Adam J4
  • Sharman, Joanna L4
  • Southan, Christopher4
  • Davies, Jamie A4
  • 1 School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham Medical School, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK.
  • 2 School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TD, UK.
  • 3 Neuroscience Division, Medical Education Institute, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 9SY, UK.
  • 4 Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9XD, UK.
Published Article
British Journal of Pharmacology
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2017
174 Suppl 1
DOI: 10.1111/bph.13881
PMID: 29055039


The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2017/18 provides concise overviews of the key properties of nearly 1800 human drug targets with an emphasis on selective pharmacology (where available), plus links to an open access knowledgebase of drug targets and their ligands (, which provides more detailed views of target and ligand properties. Although the Concise Guide represents approximately 400 pages, the material presented is substantially reduced compared to information and links presented on the website. It provides a permanent, citable, point-in-time record that will survive database updates. The full contents of this section can be found at Other ion channels are one of the eight major pharmacological targets into which the Guide is divided, with the others being: G protein-coupled receptors, ligand-gated ion channels, voltage-gated ion channels, nuclear hormone receptors, catalytic receptors, enzymes and transporters. These are presented with nomenclature guidance and summary information on the best available pharmacological tools, alongside key references and suggestions for further reading. The landscape format of the Concise Guide is designed to facilitate comparison of related targets from material contemporary to mid-2017, and supersedes data presented in the 2015/16 and 2013/14 Concise Guides and previous Guides to Receptors and Channels. It is produced in close conjunction with the Nomenclature Committee of the Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (NC-IUPHAR), therefore, providing official IUPHAR classification and nomenclature for human drug targets, where appropriate.

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