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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/28187302/a-kinetic-study-of-bitter-taste-receptor-sensing-using-immobilized-porcine-taste-bud-tissues
#2
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/28185941/expression-map-of-a-complete-set-of-gustatory-receptor-genes-in-chemosensory-organs-of-bombyx-mori
#3
Huizhen Guo, Tingcai Cheng, Zhiwei Chen, Liang Jiang, Youbing Guo, Jianqiu Liu, Shenglong Li, Kiyoko Taniai, Kiyoshi Asaoka, Keiko Kadono-Okuda, Kallare P Arunkumar, Jiaqi Wu, Hirohisa Kishino, Huijie Zhang, Rakesh K Seth, Karumathil P Gopinathan, Nicolas Montagné, Emmanuelle Jacquin-Joly, Marian R Goldsmith, Qingyou Xia, Kazuei Mita
Most lepidopteran species are herbivores, and interaction with host plants affects their gene expression and behavior as well as their genome evolution. Gustatory receptors (Grs) are expected to mediate host plant selection, feeding, oviposition and courtship behavior. However, due to their high diversity, sequence divergence and extremely low level of expression it has been difficult to identify precisely a complete set of Grs in Lepidoptera. By manual annotation and BAC sequencing, we improved annotation of 43 gene sequences compared with previously reported Grs in the most studied lepidopteran model, the silkworm, Bombyx mori, and identified 7 new tandem copies of BmGr30 on chromosome 7, bringing the total number of BmGrs to 76...
February 6, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183868/separation-of-different-pollen-types-by-chemotactile-sensing-in-bombus-terrestris
#4
Fabian A Ruedenauer, Sara D Leonhardt, Fabian Schmalz, Wolfgang Rössler, Martin F Strube-Bloss
When tasting food, animals rely on chemical and tactile cues, which determine the animal's decision on whether or not to eat food. As food nutritional composition has enormous consequences for the survival of animals, food items should generally be tasted before they are eaten or collected for later consumption. Even though recent studies confirmed the importance of e.g. gustatory cues, compared to olfaction only little is known about the representation of chemotactile stimuli at the receptor level (let alone higher brain centers) in animals other than vertebrates...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178768/distribution-of-endomorphin-like-immunoreactive-neurones-in-the-brain-of-the-cichlid-fish-oreochromis-mossambicus
#5
Vijayalaxmi, C B Ganesh
Endomorphins are tetrapeptides involved in pain and neuroendocrine responses with high affinity for mu opioid receptors in mammals. In the present investigation, we studied the distribution of endomorphin-like-immunoreactive (EM-L-ir) neurones in the brain of the cichlid fish Oreochromis mossambicus. Application of antisera against endomorphin 1 and 2 (EM-1-2) revealed the presence of EM-L-ir somata and fibres throughout the different subdivisions of the olfactory bulb such as the olfactory nerve layer and the granule cell layer...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177594/investigation-of-chemosensitivity-during-and-after-an-acute-cold
#6
Robert Pellegrino, Ute Walliczek-Dworschak, Gudrun Winter, David Hull, Thomas Hummel
BACKGROUND: Viral rhinitis (the "common" cold) is a frequent worldwide disease. Olfactory dysfunction is one complication that arises during infection, which in most cases heals up spontaneously upon recovery, whereas in some cases it may persist as a partial or total loss of olfaction. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the change of other chemosensory systems during a cold. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients (age 18 to 69 years) with an acute cold were compared to a healthy control group (n = 59; age 19 to 63 years)...
February 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167800/learning-gustatory-responsiveness-and-tyramine-differences-across-nurse-and-forager-honeybees
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Ricarda Scheiner, Tina Reim, Eirik Søvik, Brian V Entler, Andrew B Barron, Markus Thamm
Honeybees are well known for their complex division of labor. Each bee sequentially performs a series of social tasks during its life. The changes in social task performance are linked to gross differences in behavior and physiology. We here tested whether honeybees performing different social tasks (nursing vs. foraging) would differ in their gustatory responsiveness and associative learning behavior in addition to their daily tasks in the colony. Further, we investigated the role of the biogenic amine tyramine and its receptors in the behavior of nurse bees and foragers...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164781/long-range-projection-neurons-in-the-taste-circuit-of-drosophila
#8
Heesoo Kim, Colleen Kirkhart, Kristin Scott
Taste compounds elicit innate feeding behaviors and act as rewards or punishments to entrain other cues. The neural pathways by which taste compounds influence innate and learned behaviors have not been resolved. Here, we identify three classes of taste projection neurons (TPNs) in Drosophila melanogaster distinguished by their morphology and taste selectivity. TPNs receive input from gustatory receptor neurons and respond selectively to sweet or bitter stimuli, demonstrating segregated processing of different taste modalities...
February 6, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160234/morphological-study-of-the-european-hedgehog-erinaceus-europaeus-tongue-by-sem-and-lm
#9
Ghasem Akbari, Mohammad Babaei, Belal Hassanzadeh
The hedgehog tongue is a tactile and taste organ which carries out various functions. Detailed functional and morphological studies are required to clearly define the relationship of the hedgehog tongue with taste, food palatability, mastication and swallowing of food, as well as the production of sounds. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the morphological characteristics of the European hedgehog tongue and the lifestyle of this animal, as well as to compare findings with the results of studies on other vertebrates...
February 3, 2017: Anatomical Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155185/dutch-modality-exclusivity-norms-simulating-perceptual-modality-in-space
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Laura J Speed, Asifa Majid
Perceptual information is important for the meaning of nouns. We present modality exclusivity norms for 485 Dutch nouns rated on visual, auditory, haptic, gustatory, and olfactory associations. We found these nouns are highly multimodal. They were rated most dominant in vision, and least in olfaction. A factor analysis identified two main dimensions: one loaded strongly on olfaction and gustation (reflecting joint involvement in flavor), and a second loaded strongly on vision and touch (reflecting joint involvement in manipulable objects)...
February 2, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154308/suppression-in-bitterness-intensity-of-bitter-basic-drug-by-chlorogenic-acid
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Sayuko Shiraishi, Tamami Haraguchi, Saki Nakamura, Honami Kojima, Ikuo Kawasaki, Miyako Yoshida, Takahiro Uchida
The purpose of the study was to evaluate suppression of the bitterness intensity of bitter basic drugs by chlorogenic acid (CGA) using the artificial taste sensor and human gustatory sensation testing and to investigate the mechanism underlying bitterness suppression using (1)H-NMR. Diphenhydramine hydrocholoride (DPH) was the bitter basic drug used in the study. Quinic acid (QNA) and caffeic acid (CFA) together form CGA. Although all three acids suppressed the bitterness intensity of DPH in a dose-dependent manner as determined by the taste sensor and in gustatory sensation tests, CFA was less effective than either CGA or QNA...
2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150741/antennal-transcriptomes-of-three-tortricid-moths-reveal-putative-conserved-chemosensory-receptors-for-social-and-habitat-olfactory-cues
#12
Francisco Gonzalez, Peter Witzgall, William B Walker
Insects use chemical signals to find mates, food and oviposition sites. The main chemoreceptor gene families comprise odorant receptors (ORs), ionotropic receptors (IRs) and gustatory receptors (GRs). Understanding the evolution of these receptors as well as their function will assist in advancing our knowledge of how chemical stimuli are perceived and may consequently lead to the development of new insect management strategies. Tortricid moths are important pests in horticulture, forestry and agriculture around the globe...
February 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137743/genomic-features-of-the-damselfly-calopteryx-splendens-representing-a-sister-clade-to-most-insect-orders
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Panagiotis Ioannidis, Felipe A Simao, Robert M Waterhouse, Mosè Manni, Mathieu Seppey, Hugh M Robertson, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis, Evgeny M Zdobnov
Insects comprise the most diverse and successful animal group with over one million described species that are found in almost every terrestrial and limnic habitat, with many being used as important models in genetics, ecology, and evolutionary research. Genome sequencing projects have greatly expanded the sampling of species from many insect orders, but genomic resources for species of certain insect lineages have remained relatively limited to date. To address this paucity, we sequenced the genome of the banded demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens, a damselfly (Odonata: Zygoptera) belonging to Palaeoptera, the clade containing the first winged insects...
January 30, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128210/a-mechanosensory-receptor-required-for-food-texture-detection-in-drosophila
#14
Juan Antonio Sánchez-Alcañiz, Giovanna Zappia, Frédéric Marion-Poll, Richard Benton
Textural properties provide information on the ingestibility, digestibility and state of ripeness or decay of sources of nutrition. Compared with our understanding of the chemosensory assessment of food, little is known about the mechanisms of texture detection. Here we show that Drosophila melanogaster can discriminate food texture, avoiding substrates that are either too hard or too soft. Manipulations of food substrate properties and flies' chemosensory inputs indicate that texture preferences are revealed only in the presence of an appetitive stimulus, but are not because of changes in nutrient accessibility, suggesting that animals discriminate the substrates' mechanical characteristics...
January 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126744/a-gustatory-neural-circuit-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-generates-memory-dependent-behaviors-in-na-chemotaxis
#15
Lifang Wang, Hirofumi Sato, Yohsuke Satoh, Masahiro Tomioka, Hirofumi Kunitomo, Yuichi Iino
: Animals show various behaviors in response to environmental chemicals. These behaviors are often plastic depending on previous experiences. Caenorhabditis elegans, which has highly developed chemosensory system with a limited number of sensory neurons, is an ideal model for analyzing the role of each neuron in innate and learned behaviors. Here we report a new type of memory-dependent behavioral plasticity in Na(+) chemotaxis generated by the left member of bilateral gustatory neuron pair ASE (ASEL neuron)...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125742/mode-of-action-of-the-natural-insecticide-decaleside-involves-sodium-pump-inhibition
#16
Yallappa Rajashekar, Thimmappa Shivanandappa
Decalesides are a new class of natural insecticides which are toxic to insects by contact via the tarsal gustatory chemosensilla. The symptoms of their toxicity to insects and the rapid knockdown effect suggest neurotoxic action, but the precise mode of action and the molecular targets for decaleside action are not known. We have presented experimental evidence for the involvement of sodium pump inhibition in the insecticidal action of decaleside in the cockroach and housefly. The knockdown effect of decaleside is concomitant with the in vivo inhibition of Na+, K+ -ATPase in the head and thorax...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119357/stimulus-dependent-effects-of-temperature-on-bitter-taste-in-humans
#17
Barry G Green, Kendra Andrew
This study investigated the effects of temperature on bitter taste in humans. The experiments were conducted within the context of current understanding of the neurobiology of bitter taste and recent evidence of stimulus-dependent effects of temperature on sweet taste. In the first experiment, the bitterness of caffeine and quinine sampled with the tongue tip was assessed at 4 different temperatures (10°, 21°, 30°, and 37 °C) following pre-exposure to the same solution or to water for 0, 3, or 10 s. The results showed that initial bitterness (0-s pre-exposure) followed an inverted U-shaped function of temperature for both stimuli, but the differences across temperature were statistically significant only for quinine...
February 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116967/role-of-surgical-thoracic-sympathetic-interruption-in-treatment-of-facial-blushing-a-systematic-review
#18
Girish Girish, Rovan E D'Souza, Preethy D'Souza, Melissa G Lewis, Daryll M Baker
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to review the evidence to support the effectiveness of sympathectomy as a treatment for facial blushing in terms of relief of facial blushing, patient satisfaction, recurrence of blushing, patients regretting treatment and its associated complications. METHODS: A systematic search strategy was performed in Ovid-Medline, Embase, Cochrane library and NICE. Studies reporting outcomes of sympathetic interruption in the treatment of facial blushing were retrieved...
January 24, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115648/drug-induced-taste-disorders-in-clinical-practice-and-preclinical-safety-evaluation
#19
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/28111291/cd36-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Omar Šerý, Jana Janoutová, Laura Ewerlingová, Alice Hálová, Jan Lochman, Vladimír Janout, Naim A Khan, Vladimir J Balcar
CD36 gene encodes a membrane glycoprotein (type B scavenger receptor) present on the surface of many types of cells and having multiple cellular functions ranging from angiogenesis to gustatory perception of fatty acids. Using a case control genetic association approach we have analyzed selected single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP's) in a total of 859 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and controls and have identified the allele T in rs3211893 polymorphism of CD36 gene as significantly increasing the risk of AD...
January 19, 2017: Biochimie
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