How to use the IUPHAR receptor database to navigate pharmacological data

NC-IUPHAR, Chidochangu P Mpamhanga, Joanna L Sharman, Anthony J Harmar

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Today's data-intensive, interdisciplinary research challenges scientists to keep up to date with key experimental techniques and tools reported in the literature. The International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology Database (IUPHAR-DB) goes some way to addressing this need by providing expert-curated information sourced from primary literature and displayed in a user-friendly manner online. The database provides a channel for the IUPHAR Nomenclature Committee (NC-IUPHAR) to provide recommendations on the nomenclature of receptors and ion channels, to document their properties and the ligands that are useful for receptor characterization. Here we describe IUPHAR-DB's main features and provide examples of techniques for navigating and exploring the information. The database is freely available online at
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-29
Number of pages15
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Animals
  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Protein
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Ion Channels
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Organizations, Nonprofit
  • Pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Terminology as Topic


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