Plant-Derived Drugs Affecting Ion Channels

  • Angelika BöttgerEmail author
  • Ute Vothknecht
  • Cordelia Bolle
  • Alexander Wolf
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Compared to GPCRs, the set of plant-derived compounds that target ion channels appears much more limited. For voltage-gated channels, most known toxins are derived from animals such as snails, spiders and snakes. Also, many ligand-gated channels are targeted by few to none known plant-derived drugs. Nevertheless, ion channels are the target of some of the most potent plant poisons and most commonly used plant-derived drugs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelika Böttger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ute Vothknecht
    • 2
  • Cordelia Bolle
    • 3
  • Alexander Wolf
    • 4
  1. 1.Department Biology IILMU MunichPlanegg-MartinsriedGermany
  2. 2.IZMB-Plant Cell BiologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Department Biology ILMU MunichPlanegg-MartinsriedGermany
  4. 4.Inst. Molecular Toxicology/PharmacologyHelmholtz Zentrum MünichNeuherbergGermany

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