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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447155/fine-tuned-evaluation-of-olfactory-function-in-patients-operated-for-nasal-polyposis
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Marie-Hortense Sonnet, Duc Trung Nguyen, Phi-Linh Nguyen-Thi, Fabien Arous, Roger Jankowski, Cécile Rumeau
Given the forced-choice procedure of the identification test, patients with profound anosmia are more likely to have higher identification scores by chance than patients with hyposmia or normosmia. This may be a confusing factor when assessing the sense of smell, which alters the appreciation of real olfaction improvement. The aim of this study was to fine-tune the results of the identification Sniffin' Sticks test before and 6 weeks after surgery using the real identification score. A total of 133 patients underwent the Identification (I) and Threshold (T) tests the day before and 6 weeks after nasalization surgery...
April 26, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443000/the-olfactory-system-revealed-non-invasive-mapping-by-using-constrained-spherical-deconvolution-tractography-in-healthy-humans
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Demetrio Milardi, Alberto Cacciola, Alessandro Calamuneri, Maria F Ghilardi, Fabrizia Caminiti, Filippo Cascio, Veronica Andronaco, Giuseppe Anastasi, Enricomaria Mormina, Alessandro Arrigo, Daniele Bruschetta, Angelo Quartarone
Although the olfactory sense has always been considered with less interest than the visual, auditive or somatic senses, it does plays a major role in our ordinary life, with important implication in dangerous situations or in social and emotional behaviors. Traditional Diffusion Tensor signal model and related tractography have been used in the past years to reconstruct the cranial nerves, including the olfactory nerve (ON). However, no supplementary information with regard to the pathways of the olfactory network have been provided...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435875/mandrills-use-olfaction-to-socially-avoid-parasitized-conspecifics
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Clémence Poirotte, François Massol, Anaïs Herbert, Eric Willaume, Pacelle M Bomo, Peter M Kappeler, Marie J E Charpentier
The evolutionary transition from a solitary to a social lifestyle entails an elevated parasite cost because the social proximity associated with group living favors parasite transmission. Despite this cost, sociality is widespread in a large range of taxonomic groups. In this context, hosts would be expected to have evolved behavioral mechanisms to reduce the risk of parasite infection. Few empirical studies have focused on the influence of pathogen-mediated selection on the evolution of antiparasitic behavior in wild vertebrates...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428935/genetic-analysis-of-mosquito-detection-of-humans
#4
Joshua I Raji, Matthew DeGennaro
Mosquitoes detect the presence of humans by integrating chemosensory, thermal, and visual cues. Among these, odors are crucial for mosquito host detection. Insects have evolved a diverse repertoire of receptors to detect their plant and animal hosts. Genetic analysis of these receptors in Drosophila has set the stage for similar studies in mosquitoes. The diversity of the cues involved in mosquito host-seeking has made designing behavioral control strategies a challenge. The sensory receptors that are most important for mosquito detection of humans can now be determined using genome editing...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424098/identification-of-odorant-binding-protein-genes-in-galeruca-daurica-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-and-analysis-of-their-expression-profiles
#5
L Li, Y-T Zhou, Y Tan, X-R Zhou, B-P Pang
Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) play a fundamental role in insect olfaction. In recent years, Galeruca daurica (Joannis) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) has become one of the most important insect pests in the Inner Mongolian grasslands of China. This pest only feeds on the species of Allium plants, implying the central role of olfaction in its search for specific host plants. However, the olfaction-related proteins have not been investigated in this beetle. In this study, we identified 29 putative OBP genes, namely GdauOBP1-29, from the transcriptome database of G...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424010/olfactory-development-part-1-function-from-fetal-perception-to-adult-wine-tasting
#6
Harvey B Sarnat, Laura Flores-Sarnat, Xing-Chang Wei
Discrimination of odorous molecules in amniotic fluid occur after 30 weeks' gestation; fetuses exhibit differential responses to maternal diet. Olfactory reflexes enable reliable neonatal testing. Olfactory bulbs can be demonstrated reliably by MRI after 30 weeks' gestation, and their hypoplasia or aplasia also documented by late prenatal and postnatal MRI. Olfactory axons project from nasal epithelium to telencephalon before olfactory bulbs form. Fetal olfactory maturation remains incomplete at term for neuronal differentiation, synaptogenesis, myelination, and persistence of the transitory fetal ventricular recess...
May 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410055/olfactory-recognition-based-on-eeg-gamma-band-activity
#7
Onder Aydemir
There are various kinds of brain monitoring techniques, including local field potential, near-infrared spectroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography, functional MRI, electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetoencephalography. Among those techniques, EEG is the most widely used one due to its portability, low setup cost, and noninvasiveness. Apart from other advantages, EEG signals also help to evaluate the ability of the smelling organ. In such studies, EEG signals, which are recorded during smelling, are analyzed to determine the subject lacks any smelling ability or to measure the response of the brain...
April 14, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408237/habituation-and-adaptation-to-odors-in-humans
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R Pellegrino, C Sinding, R A de Wijk, T Hummel
Habituation, or decreased behavioral response, to odors is created by repeated exposure and several detailed characteristics, whereas adaptation relates to the neural processes that constitute this decrease in a behavioral response. As with all senses, the olfactory system continually encounters an enormous variety of odorants which is why mechanisms must exist to segment them and respond to changes. Although most olfactory habitation studies have focused on animal models, this non-systematic review provides an overview of olfactory habituation and adaptation in humans, and techniques that have been used to measure them...
April 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407948/sensory-and-chemical-drivers-of-wine-minerality-aroma-an-application-to-chablis-wines
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Heber Rodrigues, María-Pilar Sáenz-Navajas, Ernesto Franco-Luesma, Dominique Valentin, Purificación Fernández-Zurbano, Vicente Ferreira, Arancha De La Fuente Blanco, Jordi Ballester
The goal of this work was to evaluate the effect of vineyard position on the minerality of wines and to establish relationships between minerality scores, sensory descriptors and chemical composition. Sensory analyses included minerality rating and free description performed by wine professionals under two conditions: orthonasal olfaction alone and global tasting. Chemical characterization included analysis of major and minor volatile compounds, volatile sulphur compounds, mercaptans, metals, anions and cations...
September 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402340/windscapes-and-olfactory-foraging-in-a-large-carnivore
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Ron R Togunov, Andrew E Derocher, Nicholas J Lunn
The theoretical optimal olfactory search strategy is to move cross-wind. Empirical evidence supporting wind-associated directionality among carnivores, however, is sparse. We examined satellite-linked telemetry movement data of adult female polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from Hudson Bay, Canada, in relation to modelled winds, in an effort to understand olfactory search for prey. In our results, the predicted cross-wind movement occurred most frequently at night during winter, the time when most hunting occurs, while downwind movement dominated during fast winds, which impede olfaction...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401431/sustained-immunosuppression-alters-olfactory-function-in-the-mrl-model-of-cns-lupus
#11
Minesh Kapadia, Hui Zhao, Donglai Ma, Boris Sakic
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease that is frequently accompanied by diverse neuropsychiatric manifestations. An increased frequency of olfactory deficits has been recently reported as another marker of CNS involvement in SLE patients. Similarly, we observed that spontaneous development of lupus-like disease in MRL/lpr mice is accompanied by altered olfaction-related behaviors. However, it remained unclear whether the behavioral deficits are due to systemic autoimmunity, or the distinct genetic make-up...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396445/cryoem-structure-of-a-prokaryotic-cyclic-nucleotide-gated-ion-channel
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Zachary M James, Andrew J Borst, Yoni Haitin, Brandon Frenz, Frank DiMaio, William N Zagotta, David Veesler
Cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) and hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-regulated (HCN) ion channels play crucial physiological roles in phototransduction, olfaction, and cardiac pace making. These channels are characterized by the presence of a carboxyl-terminal cyclic nucleotide-binding domain (CNBD) that connects to the channel pore via a C-linker domain. Although cyclic nucleotide binding has been shown to promote CNG and HCN channel opening, the precise mechanism underlying gating remains poorly understood...
April 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382236/molecular-identification-and-expression-patterns-of-odorant-binding-protein-and-chemosensory-protein-genes-in-athetis-lepigone-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#13
Ya-Nan Zhang, Xiu-Yun Zhu, Ji-Fang Ma, Zhi-Ping Dong, Ji-Wei Xu, Ke Kang, Long-Wa Zhang
The olfaction system of insects plays an important role in mediating various physiological behaviors, including locating hosts, avoiding predators, and recognizing mates and oviposition sites. Therefore, some key genes in the system present valuable opportunities as targets for developing novel green pesticides. Athetis lepigone, a noctuid moth can feed on more than 30 different host plants making it a serious polyphagous pest worldwide, and it has become one of the major maize pests in northern China since 2011...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380069/vision-mediated-exploitation-of-a-novel-host-plant-by-a-tephritid-fruit-fly
#14
Jaime C Piñero, Steven K Souder, Roger I Vargas
Shortly after its introduction into the Hawaiian Islands around 1895, the polyphagous, invasive fruit fly Bactrocera (Zeugodacus) cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae) was provided the opportunity to expand its host range to include a novel host, papaya (Carica papaya). It has been documented that female B. cucurbitae rely strongly on vision to locate host fruit. Given that the papaya fruit is visually conspicuous in the papaya agro-ecosystem, we hypothesized that female B. cucurbitae used vision as the main sensory modality to find and exploit the novel host fruit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379355/neuromodulation-in-chemosensory-pathways
#15
Jeremy C McIntyre, Nicolas Thiebaud, John P McGann, Takaki Komiyama, Markus Rothermel
Interactions with the environment depend not only on sensory perception of external stimuli but also on processes of neuromodulation regulated by the internal state of an organism. These processes allow regulation of stimulus detection to match the demands of an organism influenced by its general brain state (satiety, wakefulness/sleep state, attentiveness, arousal, learning etc.). The sense of smell is initiated by sensory neurons located in the nasal cavity that recognize environmental odorants and project axons into the olfactory bulb (OB), where they form synapses with several types of neurons...
April 4, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376116/simultaneity-judgment-using-olfactory-visual-visual-gustatory-and-olfactory-gustatory-combinations
#16
Naomi Gotow, Tatsu Kobayakawa
Vision is a physical sense, whereas olfaction and gustation are chemical senses. Active sensing might function in vision, olfaction, and gustation, whereas passive sensing might function in vision and olfaction but not gustation. To investigate whether each sensory property affected synchrony perception, participants in this study performed simultaneity judgment (SJ) for three cross-modal combinations using visual (red LED light), olfactory (coumarin), and gustatory (NaCl solution) stimuli. We calculated the half-width at half-height (HWHH) and point of subjective simultaneity (PSS) on the basis of temporal distributions of simultaneous response rates in each combination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371114/perception-of-odors-and-tastes-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-a-systematic-review-of-assessments
#17
REVIEW
Mohamed A Boudjarane, Marine Grandgeorge, Rémi Marianowski, Laurent Misery, Éric Lemonnier
Olfaction and gustation are major sensory functions implied in processing environmental stimuli. Some evidences suggest that loss of olfactory function is an early biomarker for neurodegenerative disorders and atypical processing of odor and taste stimuli is present in several neurodevelopmental disorders, notably in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In this paper, we conducted a systematic review investigating the assessments of olfaction and gustation with psychophysics methods in individuals with ASD. Pubmed, PMC and Sciencedirect were scrutinized for relevant literature published from 1970 to 2015...
March 30, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370517/the-prodromal-phase-of-leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-2-associated-parkinson-disease-clinical-and-imaging-studies
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Claustre Pont-Sunyer, Eduardo Tolosa, Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Christopher Coffey, Roy N Alcalay, Piu Chan, John E Duda, Maurizio Facheris, Rubén Fernández-Santiago, Kenneth Marek, Francisco Lomeña, Connie Marras, Elisabet Mondragon, Rachel Saunders-Pullman, Bjorg Waro
BACKGROUND: Asymptomatic, nonmanifesting carriers of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 mutations are at increased risk of developing PD. Clinical and neuroimaging features may be associated with gene carriage and/or may demarcate individuals at greater risk for phenoconversion to PD. OBJECTIVES: To investigate clinical and dopamine transporter single-photon emission computed tomography imaging characteristics of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 asymptomatic carriers. METHODS: A total of 342 carriers' and 259 noncarriers' relatives of G2019S leucine-rich repeat kinase 2/PD patients and 39 carriers' and 31 noncarriers' relatives of R1441G leucine-rich repeat kinase 2/PD patients were evaluated...
March 28, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366786/design-of-larval-chemical-attractants-based-on-odorant-response-spectra-of-odorant-receptors-in-the-cotton-bollworm
#19
Chang Di, Chao Ning, Ling-Qiao Huang, Chen-Zhu Wang
Lepidopteran caterpillars rely on olfaction and gustation to discriminate among food sources. Compared to the larval gustation, the larval olfaction has been poorly investigated. To uncover the molecular basis of olfaction in Helicoverpa armigera larvae, we identified 17 odorant receptor (Or) genes in larval antennae and maxillae using transcriptome sequencing, and functionally identified the response spectra of seven Ors to ecologically relevant odorants. Innate behavioural responses of larvae to active odorants were evaluated in chemotaxis assays...
March 31, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349579/periodic-olfactory-assessment-in-patients-undergoing-skull-base-surgery-with-preservation-of-the-olfactory-strip
#20
Smita Upadhyay, Lamia Buohliqah, Ricardo L L Dolci, Bradley A Otto, Daniel M Prevedello, Ricardo L Carrau
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Others have reported olfactory disturbances following endoscopic approaches to the skull base. However, there is a lack of consensus on the extent and duration of dysfunction. This study aimed to compare our results with previously published work and to validate the olfactory strip-sparing approach. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study to assess olfaction in 50 patients scheduled to undergo resection of skull base tumors via extended endoscopic approaches...
March 27, 2017: Laryngoscope
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