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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202574/action-potentials-and-ion-conductances-in-wild-type-and-calhm1-knockout-type-ii-taste-cells
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Zhongming Ma, Wint Thu Saung, J Kevin Foskett
Taste bud type II cells fire action potentials in response to tastants, triggering non-vesicular ATP release to gustatory neurons via voltage-gated CALHM1-associated ion channels. Whereas CALHM1 regulates mouse cortical neuron excitability, its roles in regulating type II cell excitability are unknown. Here, we compared membrane conductances and action potentials in single identified TRPM5-GFP-expressing circumvallate papillae type II cells acutely isolated from wild-type (WT) and Calhm1-knockout (KO) mice...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198526/tongue-and-lingual-salivary-glands-of-the-canary-sem-and-histochemical-study
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Feyza Basak, Sukru Hakan Atalgin, Emine Umran Bozkurt
In this study, morphological characteristics of the canary tongue were examined macroscopically and histologically besides using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Furthermore, histochemical features of the lingual salivary glands of the canary were also examined. The results suggest that the tongue of the canary has an equilateral quadrangle shape is sloped towards the apex on its dorsal surface; where its sides are bounded by tall epithelial extensions. Additionally, histological examination showed that salivary glands were only present on the body of the tongue and there were no taste buds...
February 15, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197867/ultramorphological-changes-in-gill-rakers-of-astyanax-altiparanae-characidae-kept-in-contaminated-environments
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F P Lopes, B F Pereira, R M S Alves, J R T Valim, F A T Figueiredo, D L Pitol, F H Caetano
Most water bodies in Brazil, and in the world, are contaminated by some types of pollutants, ranging from sewage to metal/chemicals, carcinogenic products, and biodegradable detergents. Despite the extensive knowledge on their effects on fish biology and especially on gill morphology, research that concerns their impacts on gill rakers and implications in parameters such as food consumption cannot be found in the literature. Gill rakers are vital because, together with gills, they are responsible for the defense and protection of the organism and for selecting appropriate food for survival...
February 14, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192057/tongue-and-taste-organ-biology-and-function-homeostasis-maintained-by-hedgehog-signaling
#4
Charlotte M Mistretta, Archana Kumari
The tongue is an elaborate complex of heterogeneous tissues with taste organs of diverse embryonic origins. The lingual taste organs are papillae, composed of an epithelium that includes specialized taste buds, the basal lamina, and a lamina propria core with matrix molecules, fibroblasts, nerves, and vessels. Because taste organs are dynamic in cell biology and sensory function, homeostasis requires tight regulation in specific compartments or niches. Recently, the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway has emerged as an essential regulator that maintains lingual taste papillae, taste bud and progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation, and neurophysiological function...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187302/a-kinetic-study-of-bitter-taste-receptor-sensing-using-immobilized-porcine-taste-bud-tissues
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Lihui Wei, Lixin Qiao, Guangchang Pang, Junbo Xie
At present, developing an efficient assay method for truly reflecting the real feelings of gustatory tissues is of great importance. In this study, a novel biosensor was fabricated to investigate the kinetic characteristics of the receptors in taste bud tissues sensing bitter substances for the first time. Porcine taste bud tissues were used as the sensing elements, and the sandwich-type sensing membrane was fixed onto a glassy carbon electrode for assembling the biosensor. With the developed sensor, the response currents induced by sucrose octaacetate, denatonium benzoate, and quercetin stimulating corresponding receptors were determined...
February 2, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120342/morphological-study-of-the-persian-leopard-panthera-pardus-saxicolor-tongue
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J Sadeghinezhad, M T Sheibani, I Memarian, R Chiocchetti
This study described the morphological features of the Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) tongue using light and scanning electron microscopy techniques. The keratinized filiform papillae were distributed all over the entire dorsal surface of the tongue and contained small processes. They were changed into a cylindrical shape in the body and conical shape in the root. The fungiform papillae were found on the apex and margin of the tongue. Few taste pores were observed on the dorsal surface of each papilla...
January 24, 2017: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115648/drug-induced-taste-disorders-in-clinical-practice-and-preclinical-safety-evaluation
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Tao Wang, John Glendinning, Miriam Grushka, Thomas Hummel, Keith Mansfield
More than 200 medications can induce taste disorders in patients. They not only reduce quality of life for those affected, but can lead to malnutrition, severe dehydration and difficulty in maintaining a therapeutic regimen. Nevertheless, the impact of drug candidates on taste is rarely evaluated in preclinical toxicology studies during the early stage of drug development. Moreover, knowledge about how to investigate these adverse effect is scarce in the toxicology field. Here, we discuss the clinical status of drug-induced taste disorders in patients, with the goal of providing toxicologists with a broad understanding its prevalence, and how stressful and even dangerous it can be to affected patients...
January 23, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100747/selective-deletion-of-sodium-salt-taste-during-development-leads-to-expanded-terminal-fields-of-gustatory-nerves-in-the-adult-mouse-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract
#8
Chengsan Sun, Edith Hummler, David L Hill
: Neuronal activity plays a key role in the development of sensory circuits in the mammalian brain. In the gustatory system, experimental manipulations now exist, through genetic manipulations of specific taste transduction processes, to examine how specific taste qualities (i.e., basic tastes) impact the functional and structural development of gustatory circuits. Here, we used a mouse knock-out model in which the transduction component used to discriminate sodium salts from other taste stimuli was deleted in taste bud cells throughout development...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053191/extraoral-bitter-taste-receptors-in-health-and-disease
#9
REVIEW
Ping Lu, Cheng-Hai Zhang, Lawrence M Lifshitz, Ronghua ZhuGe
Bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs or T2Rs) belong to the superfamily of seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors, which are the targets of >50% of drugs currently on the market. Canonically, T2Rs are located in taste buds of the tongue, where they initiate bitter taste perception. However, accumulating evidence indicates that T2Rs are widely expressed throughout the body and mediate diverse nontasting roles through various specialized mechanisms. It has also become apparent that T2Rs and their polymorphisms are associated with human disorders...
February 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029722/taste-function-assessed-by-electrogustometry-in-burning-mouth-syndrome-a-case-control-study
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Adeline Braud, Vianney Descroix, Marie-Noëlle Ungeheuer, Catherine Rougeot, Yves Boucher
OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic Burning mouth syndrome (iBMS) is characterized by oral persistent pain without any clinical or biological abnormality. The aim of the present study was to evaluate taste function in iBMS subjects and healthy controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Electrogustometric thresholds (EGMt) were recorded in 21 iBMS patients and 21 paired matched controls at nine loci of the tongue assessing fungiform and foliate gustatory papillae function. Comparison of EGMt was performed using the non-parametric Wilcoxon signed-rank test...
December 28, 2016: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026010/temperature-and-light-conditions-at-different-latitudes-affect-sensory-quality-of-broccoli-florets-brassica-oleracea-l-var-italica
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Tor J Johansen, Jørgen Ab Mølmann, Gunnar B Bengtsson, Monica Schreiner, Pablo Velasco, Anne L Hykkerud, Elena Cartea, Per Lea, Josefine Skaret, Randi Seljåsen
BACKGROUND: Broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica) is a popular vegetable grown at a wide range of latitudes. Plants were grown in 2009-2011 in pots with standardized soil, irrigation and nutrient supply at natural temperature and light conditions at four locations (42-70 °N). A descriptive sensory analysis of broccoli florets was performed by a trained panel to examine any differences along the latitudinal gradient for 30 attributes within appearance, odour, taste/flavour and texture...
December 27, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009451/sonic-hedgehog-is-present-in-parotid-saliva-and-is-decreased-in-patients-with-taste-dysfunction
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Robert I Henkin, Alexandra B Knöppel, Mona Abdelmeguid, William A Stateman, Suzanna Hosein
PURPOSE: To demonstrate that sonic hedgehog (Shh) is present in human parotid saliva and is decreased in human taste dysfunction. METHODS: Shh was measured in parotid saliva of 27 normal subjects and 81 patients with taste dysfunction of multiple etiologies by use of a sensitive spectrophotometric ELISA assay. Taste dysfunction was defined clinically by both subjective decreases of taste acuity and flavor perception and by impaired gustometry. RESULTS: Shh was found in parotid saliva in both normal subjects and in patients with taste dysfunction...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990675/the-tongue-dorsal-surface-in-fish-a-comparison-among-three-farmed-species
#13
REVIEW
M Levanti, A Germanà, G Montalbano, M C Guerrera, M Cavallaro, F Abbate
The oral cavity of vertebrates has a very important role in many functions strictly related to the food processing. Two species, sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax and seabream Sparus aurata, are mainly involved in the aquaculture industry in the mediterranean area; moreover, the white seabream Diplodus sargus sargus was recently chosen as the best candidate for the diversification of species of commercial interest. This investigation was carried out, using the standard procedures for light and scanning electron microscopy, to analyse the morphology of the tongue dorsal surface in order to show whether relationships are present between the tongue morphology and the nutritional choices of these species...
December 19, 2016: Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940992/selective-deletion-of-sodium-salt-taste-during-development-leads-to-expanded-terminal-fields-of-gustatory-nerves-in-the-adult-mouse-nucleus-of-the-solitary-tract
#14
Chengsan Sun, Edith Hummler, David L Hill
: Neuronal activity plays a key role in the development of sensory circuits in the mammalian brain. In the gustatory system, experimental manipulations now exist, through genetic manipulations of specific taste transduction processes, to examine how specific taste qualities (i.e., basic tastes) impact the functional and structural development of gustatory circuits. Here, we used a mouse knockout model in which the transduction component used to discriminate sodium salts from other taste stimuli was deleted in taste bud cells throughout development...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930309/sox2-progenitors-in-sharks-link-taste-development-with-the-evolution-of-regenerative-teeth-from-denticles
#15
Kyle J Martin, Liam J Rasch, Rory L Cooper, Brian D Metscher, Zerina Johanson, Gareth J Fraser
Teeth and denticles belong to a specialized class of mineralizing epithelial appendages called odontodes. Although homology of oral teeth in jawed vertebrates is well supported, the evolutionary origin of teeth and their relationship with other odontode types is less clear. We compared the cellular and molecular mechanisms directing development of teeth and skin denticles in sharks, where both odontode types are retained. We show that teeth and denticles are deeply homologous developmental modules with equivalent underlying odontode gene regulatory networks (GRNs)...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893742/maintenance-of-taste-organs-is-strictly-dependent-on-epithelial-hedgehog-gli-signaling
#16
Alexandre N Ermilov, Archana Kumari, Libo Li, Ariell M Joiner, Marina A Grachtchouk, Benjamin L Allen, Andrzej A Dlugosz, Charlotte M Mistretta
For homeostasis, lingual taste papilla organs require regulation of epithelial cell survival and renewal, with sustained innervation and stromal interactions. To investigate a role for Hedgehog/GLI signaling in adult taste organs we used a panel of conditional mouse models to manipulate GLI activity within epithelial cells of the fungiform and circumvallate papillae. Hedgehog signaling suppression rapidly led to taste bud loss, papilla disruption, and decreased proliferation in domains of papilla epithelium that contribute to taste cells...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870442/contributory-role-of-sex-differences-in-the-variations-of-gustatory-function
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REVIEW
Louis J Martin, Suzanne I Sollars
Remarkable variability between males and females occurs for an array of taste-guided behaviors in both rodents and humans. Sex differences have been noted for taste preference, detection thresholds, and reactivity to taste stimuli. Manipulating sex hormones during early postnatal development or altering the amount of circulating estrogen in adulthood can dramatically alter the pattern of these behaviors. Receptors for sex hormones appear to be prominent in several nuclei associated with central gustatory pathways, indicating that steroid hormones may modulate central taste processing...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853250/labeling-and-analysis-of-chicken-taste-buds-using-molecular-markers-in-oral-epithelial-sheets
#18
Prasangi Rajapaksha, Zhonghou Wang, Nandakumar Venkatesan, Kayvan F Tehrani, Jason Payne, Raymond L Swetenburg, Fuminori Kawabata, Shoji Tabata, Luke J Mortensen, Steven L Stice, Robert Beckstead, Hong-Xiang Liu
In chickens, the sensory organs for taste are the taste buds in the oral cavity, of which there are ~240-360 in total number as estimated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). There is not an easy way to visualize all taste buds in chickens. Here, we report a highly efficient method for labeling chicken taste buds in oral epithelial sheets using the molecular markers Vimentin and α-Gustducin. Immediate tissue fixation following incubation with sub-epithelially injected proteases enabled us to peel off whole epithelial sheets, leaving the shape and integrity of the tissue intact...
November 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829143/touch-receptors-undergo-rapid-remodeling-in-healthy-skin
#19
Kara L Marshall, Rachel C Clary, Yoshichika Baba, Rachel L Orlowsky, Gregory J Gerling, Ellen A Lumpkin
Sensory tissues exposed to the environment, such as skin, olfactory epithelia, and taste buds, continuously renew; therefore, peripheral neurons must have mechanisms to maintain appropriate innervation patterns. Although somatosensory neurons regenerate after injury, little is known about how these neurons cope with normal target organ changes. To elucidate neuronal plasticity in healthy skin, we analyzed the structure of Merkel-cell afferents, which are gentle touch receptors, during skin remodeling that accompanies mouse hair-follicle regeneration...
November 8, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806254/taste-receptors-and-gustatory-associated-g-proteins-in-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
#20
Sen Gao, Shikai Liu, Jun Yao, Tao Zhou, Ning Li, Qi Li, Rex Dunham, Zhanjiang Liu
Taste sensation plays a pivotal role in nutrient identification and acquisition. This is particularly true for channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) that live in turbid waters with limited visibility. This biological process is mainly mediated by taste receptors expressed in taste buds that are distributed in several organs and tissues, including the barbels and skin. In the present study, we identified a complete repertoire of taste receptor and gustatory associated G protein genes in the channel catfish genome...
October 23, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
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