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THE CONCISE GUIDE TO PHARMACOLOGY 2017/18: Voltage-gated ion channels

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  • Stephen P.H. Alexander
  • Jörg Striessnig
  • Eamonn Kelly
  • Neil V. Marrion
  • John A. Peters
  • Elena Faccenda
  • Simon D. Harding
  • Adam J. Pawson
  • Joanna L. Sharman
  • Christopher Southan
  • Jamie A. Davies
  • CGTP Collaborators
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S160-S194
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
Early online date21 Oct 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 1 Oct 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 21 Oct 2017
DatePublished (current) - 1 Dec 2017


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 Voltage-gated 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, other 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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Supplement: The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2017/18. This issue was published by Wiley with financial contributions from the British Pharmacological Society, the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and the University of Edinburgh, who host the website.

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