We have developed a new teaching resource to assist learning in pharmacology and pharmacy education. Supported by a British Pharmacological Society teaching award Dr Stokes & Dr Norton have piloted the use of the cards in undergraduate teaching classes and presented their findings at Pharmacology 2018.

The ReceptorCards are a pocket-sized pack of flash cards covering the major families of receptors and signalling proteins. For each family of receptors there is a general card (colour coded) and a collection of important receptors from each family; 42 cards cover GPCRs, ion channels, nuclear receptors, enzymes, and transporters. Key facts are included on the rear of the cards covering signalling, expression, agonists and antagonists. In addition, the set of ReceptorCards includes a complementary pack of SignallingCards (34 cards). These cover the main intracellular signalling proteins (e.g. cAMP, Gs, adenylate cyclase…) allowing students to “map” out the pathways in front of them. Key facts are listed on the rear of the cards in quiz form allowing students to test themselves or each other.

The cards feature cartoon drawings of receptors and proteins allowing students to see how they can be represented if they are asked to draw and label a receptor.

For students: if you are studying pharmacology in your degree you might find these ReceptorCards to be a useful resource for revision.

For educators: teaching pharmacology or cell signalling, the ReceptorCards can be a useful addition to online material/textbooks. For ideas on implementing their use in lectures/workshops please email l.stokes@uea.ac.uk.

Please note that we are unable to supply these cards until further notice.

The full pack of ReceptorCards are printed on a durable never-tear material. 

For bulk purchases (>5 packs) or purchasing via a purchase order number please contact l.stokes@uea.ac.uk for a customised quotation.

Image of sample card

Image of sample card



Each pack contains the following cards:

Receptor Cards Signalling Cards
GPCR Adenylate cyclase
Muscarinic receptors AMP_activated protein kinase
Beta adrenergic receptors Ca2+
Alpha adrenergic receptors Calmodulin
Histamine receptors cAMP
P2Y receptors DAG
GABA B receptors Depolarisation
Serotonin receptors Dimersation
Dopamine receptors Galpha i/o
Glutamate receptors Galpha q/11
Opioid receptors Galpha s
Enzyme-linked receptors Galpha 12/13
EGFR G beta/gamma
TGF receptor Heat shock proteins
Cytokine receptor Hormone response element
Insulin receptor Hyperpolarisation
Nuclear receptors Inositol triphosphate IP3
Glucocorticoid receptor K+
Mineralcorticoid receptor MAPK cascade
Thyroid hormone Na+
PPAR Phosphoinositide3-Kinase (PI3K)
Transporters PIP2
H+K+ ATPase Phospholipase C (PLC)
Na+K+ ATPase PKA
Ca2+ ATPase Protein kinase C (PKC)
SLC6 family (SERT) Ras
SLC2 family (glucose) Responses
SLC5 family (glucose) Neurotransmitter release
Enzymes Gene expression
Cyclooxygenase Action potential
Monoamine oxidase Muscle contraction
Cholinesterase Muscle relaxation
Ion Channels Secretion
AMPA receptors Cell growth
NMDA receptors Vasoconstriction/Vasodilation
IP3 receptors  
P2X receptors  
Nicotinic receptors  
Cav channels  
Kv channels  
Nav channels  
5HT3 receptors