The concise guide to pharmacology 2021/22: ion channels

Stephen PH Alexander, Alistair Mathie, John A Peters, Emma L Veale, Jörg Striessnig, Eamonn Kelly, Jane F Armstrong, Elena Faccenda, Simon D Harding, Adam J Pawson, Christopher Southan, Jamie A Davies, Richard W. Aldrich, Bernard Attali, Austin M Baggetta, Elvir Becirovic, Martin Biel, Roslyn M. Bill, William A. Catterall, Alex C. ConnerPaul Davies, Markus Delling, Francesco Di Virgilio, Simonetta Falzoni, Stefanie Fenske, Chandy George, Steve A. N. Goldstein, Stephan Grissmer, Kotdaji Ha, Verena Hammelmann, Israel Hanukoglu, Mike Jarvis, Anders A. Jensen, Leonard K. Kaczmarek, Stephan Kellenberger, Charles Kennedy, Brian King, Philip Kitchen, Joseph W. Lynch, Edward Perez‐Reyes, Leigh D. Plant, Lachlan Rash, Dejian Ren, Mootaz M. Salman, Lucia G. Sivilotti, Trevor G. Smart, Terrance P. Snutch, Jinbin Tian, James S. Trimmer, Charlotte Van den Eynde, Joris Vriens, Aguan D. Wei, Brenda T. Winn, Heike Wulff, Haoxing Xu, Lixia Yue, Xiaoli Zhang, Michael Zhu

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The Concise Guide to PHARMACOLOGY 2021/22 is the fifth in this series of biennial publications. The Concise Guide provides concise overviews, mostly in tabular format, of the key properties of nearly 1900 human drug targets with an emphasis on selective pharmacology (where available), plus links to the open access knowledgebase source of drug targets and their ligands (, which provides more detailed views of target and ligand properties. Although the Concise Guide constitutes over 500 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 Ion channels are one of the six major pharmacological targets into which the Guide is divided, with the others being: G protein-coupled receptors, 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-2021, and supersedes data presented in the 2019/20, 2017/18, 2015/16 and 2013/14 Concise Guides and previous Guides to Receptors and Channels. It is produced in close conjunction with the Nomenclature and Standards Committee of the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (NC-IUPHAR), therefore, providing official IUPHAR classification and nomenclature for human drug targets, where appropriate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S157-S245
Number of pages89
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
Issue numberS1
Early online date16 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2021


  • pharmacology
  • ion channels


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