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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146771/odor-source-localization-in-complex-visual-environments-by-fruit-flies
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Nitesh Saxena, Dinesh Natesan, Sanjay P Sane
Flying insects routinely forage in complex and cluttered sensory environments. Their search for a food or a pheromone source typically begins with a whiff of odor, which triggers a flight response, eventually bringing the insect near the odor source. However, pinpointing the precise location of an odor source requires use of both visual and olfactory modalities, aided by odor plumes. Here, we investigated odor-tracking behavior in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) presented with low- or high-contrast visual landmarks, either paired with or separate from an attractive odor cue...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146332/micro-oxygenation-does-not-eliminate-hydrogen-sulfide-and-mercaptans-from-wine-it-simply-shifts-redox-and-complex-related-equilibria-to-reversible-oxidized-species-and-complexed-forms
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Eduardo Vela, Purificación Hernandez-Orte, Ernesto Franco-Luesma, Vicente Ferreira
This work seeks to assess the effects of micro-oxygenation (MOX) on the present and potential levels of Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSCs) of wine. With such purpose, three red wines with a tendency to develop sulfury off-odors were subjected to three different MOX conditions (4.4-20mg/L delivered at 0.05 or 0.2mg/L/day). Samples were further subjected to Accelerated Reductive aging (AR) and analyzed for free and Brine Releasable (BR) VSCs and redox potential. Although MOX induced strong decreases in the levels of all free VSCs, hardly affected the ability of the wine to release back hydrogen sulfide and other mercaptans during AR-aging...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146318/aroma-release-in-the-oral-cavity-after-wine-intake-is-influenced-by-wine-matrix-composition
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Adelaida Esteban-Fernández, Carolina Muñoz-González, Ana Jiménez-Girón, María Pérez-Jiménez, María Ángeles Pozo-Bayón
The aim of this study has been to investigate if wine matrix composition might influence the interaction between odorants and oral mucosa in the oral cavity during a "wine intake-like" situation. Aroma released after exposing the oral cavity of three individuals to different wines (n=12) previously spiked with six target aromas was followed by an -in vivo intra-oral SPME approach. Results showed a significant effect of wine matrix composition on the intra-oral aroma release of certain odorants. Among the wine matrix parameters, phenolic compounds showed the largest impact...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145567/influence-of-airflow-rate-and-stimulus-concentration-on-olfactory-event-related-potentials-oerp-in-humans
#4
Pengfei Han, Valentin A Schriever, Per Peters, Heidi Olze, Florian C Uecker, Thomas Hummel
Although the association between odor concentration and olfactory event-related potential (OERP) has been studied, less is known about the influence of airflow on OERP. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of airflow rate and stimulus concentration on OERP in humans. EEG data were collected from young healthy volunteers (n=17) in separate sessions where 2-phenylethanol (PEA) was delivered in the following conditions: 8L/min 50%v/v, 8L/min 30%v/v, 4L/min 100%v/v and 4L/min 60%v/v. Odor concentrations are referred to the %v/v achieved with air dilution and was not measured in the nose...
November 14, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145133/simultaneous-treatment-of-dimethyl-disulfide-and-hydrogen-sulfide-in-an-alkaline-biotrickling-filter
#5
Luis Arellano-García, Sylvie Le Borgne, Sergio Revah
Foul odors comprise generally a complex mixture of molecules, where reduced sulfur compounds play a key role due to their toxicity and low odor threshold. Previous reports on treating mixtures of sulfur compounds in single biofilters showed that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) interferes with the removal and degradation of other sulfur compounds. In this study, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) were fed to an alkaline biotrickling filter (ABTF) at pH 10, to evaluate the simultaneous removal of inorganic and organic sulfur compounds in a single, basic-pH system...
October 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143699/are-there-distinct-cognitive-and-motivational-sub-groups-of-children-with-adhd
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Rikke Lambek, Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Rosemary Tannock, Anne Virring Sørensen, Dorte Damm, Per Hove Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is proposed to be a neuropsychologically heterogeneous disorder that encompasses two distinct sub-groups, one with executive function (EF) deficits and one with delay aversion (DA). However, such claims have often been based on studies that have operationalized neuropsychological deficits using a categorical approach - using intuitive but rather arbitrary, clinical cut-offs. The current study applied an alternative empirical approach to sub-grouping in ADHD, latent profile analysis (LPA), and attempted to validate emerging subgroups through clinically relevant correlates...
November 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142057/morphofunctional-experience-dependent-plasticity-in-the-honeybee-brain
#7
Mara Andrione, Benjamin F Timberlake, Giorgio Vallortigara, Renzo Antolini, Albrecht Haase
Repeated or prolonged exposure to an odorant without any positive or negative reinforcement produces experience-dependent plasticity, which results in habituation and latent inhibition. In the honeybee (Apis mellifera), it has been demonstrated that, even if the absolute neural representation of an odor in the primary olfactory center, the antennal lobe (AL), is not changed by repeated presentations, its relative representation with respect to unfamiliar stimuli is modified. In particular, the representation of a stimulus composed of a 50:50 mixture of a familiar and a novel odorant becomes more similar to that of the novel stimulus after repeated stimulus preexposure...
December 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140973/a-coupled-oscillator-model-of-olfactory-bulb-gamma-oscillations
#8
Guoshi Li, Thomas A Cleland
The olfactory bulb transforms not only the information content of the primary sensory representation, but also its underlying coding metric. High-variance, slow-timescale primary odor representations are transformed by bulbar circuitry into secondary representations based on principal neuron spike patterns that are tightly regulated in time. This emergent fast timescale for signaling is reflected in gamma-band local field potentials, presumably serving to efficiently integrate olfactory sensory information into the temporally regulated information networks of the central nervous system...
November 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137570/description-and-evaluation-of-a-peracetic-acid-air-sampling-and-analysis-method
#9
John Nordling, Owen R Kinsky, Magdalena Osorio, Nathan Pechacek
Peracetic acid (PAA) is a corrosive chemical with a pungent odor, which is extensively used in occupational settings and causes various health hazards in exposed workers. Currently, there is no US government agency recommended method that could be applied universally for the sampling and analysis of PAA. Legacy methods for determining airborne PAA vapor levels frequently suffered from cross-reactivity with other chemicals, particularly hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Therefore, to remove the confounding factor of cross-reactivity, a new viable, sensitive method was developed for assessment of PAA exposure levels, based on the differential reaction kinetics of PAA with methyl p-tolylsulfide (MTS), relative to H2O2, to preferentially derive methyl p-tolysulfoxide (MTSO)...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135564/bacterial-vaginosis-a-practical-review
#10
Paulette Bagnall, Denise Rizzolo
Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection that causes discharge, odor, and irritation. It can predispose women to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. Recurrent bacterial vaginosis may require prolonged treatment to return the vaginal flora to a normal predominately lactobacillidominated environment.
November 9, 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133907/a-primacy-code-for-odor-identity
#11
Christopher D Wilson, Gabriela O Serrano, Alexei A Koulakov, Dmitry Rinberg
Humans can identify visual objects independently of view angle and lighting, words independently of volume and pitch, and smells independently of concentration. The computational principles underlying invariant object recognition remain mostly unknown. Here we propose that, in olfaction, a small and relatively stable set comprised of the earliest activated receptors forms a code for concentration-invariant odor identity. One prediction of this "primacy coding" scheme is that decisions based on odor identity can be made solely using early odor-evoked neural activity...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133810/selectivity-and-ligand-based-molecular-modeling-of-an-odorant-binding-protein-from-the-leaf-beetle-ambrostoma-quadriimpressum-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-in-relation-to-habitat-related-volatiles
#12
Yinliang Wang, Yincan Jin, Qi Chen, Ming Wen, Hanbo Zhao, Hongxia Duan, Bingzhong Ren
In this study, the most abundant and antenna-specific odorant-binding protein (OBP) of the elm pest A. quadriimpressum, AquaOBP4, was expressed and purified. The selectivity of AquaOBP4 was investigated by screening against a panel of 40 habitat-relevant compounds. Based on the obtained results, a homologous model of AquaOBP4 was established. This model indicated that AquaOBP4 is highly homologous to DmelOBP LUSH and includes two main binding sites. A docking analysis showed that four of five active ligands bound at Site 1, whereas the other ligand was situated at Site 2...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133804/antennal-transcriptome-analysis-and-expression-profiles-of-olfactory-genes-in-anoplophora-chinensis
#13
Jingzhen Wang, Ping Hu, Peng Gao, Jing Tao, Youqing Luo
Olfaction in insects is essential for host identification, mating and oviposition, in which olfactory proteins are responsible for chemical signaling. Here, we determined the transcriptomes of male and female adult antennae of Anoplophora chinensis, the citrus longhorned beetle. Among 59,357 unigenes in the antennal assembly, we identified 46 odorant-binding proteins, 16 chemosensory proteins (CSPs), 44 odorant receptors, 19 gustatory receptors, 23 ionotropic receptors, and 3 sensory neuron membrane proteins...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132294/artificial-selection-for-odor-guided-behavior-in-drosophila-reveals-changes-in-food-consumption
#14
Elizabeth B Brown, Cody Patterson, Rayanne Pancoast, Stephanie M Rollmann
BACKGROUND: The olfactory system enables organisms to detect chemical cues in the environment and can signal the availability of food or the presence of a predator. Appropriate behavioral responses to these chemical cues are therefore important for organismal survival and can influence traits such as organismal life span and food consumption. However, understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying odor-guided behavior, correlated responses in other traits, and how these constrain or promote their evolution, remain an important challenge...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131338/characterization-of-volatile-sulfur-compounds-in-moutai-liquors-by-headspace-solid-phase-microextraction-gas-chromatography-pulsed-flame-photometric-detection-and-odor-activity-value
#15
Shuang Chen, Sha Sha, Michael Qian, Yan Xu
This study investigated the aroma contribution of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in Moutai liquors. The VSCs were analyzed using headspace solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-pulsed flame photometric detection (HS-SPME-GC-PFPD). The influences of SPME fibers, ethanol content in the sample, pre-incubation time, and extraction temperature and time on the extraction of VSCs were optimized. The VSCs were optimally extracted using a divinylbenzene/carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane fiber, by incubating 10 mL diluted Chinese liquor (5% vol...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129467/biocomplex-textile-as-an-alternative-daily-cover-for-the-simultaneous-mitigation-of-methane-and-malodorous-compounds
#16
Hyungjoo Choi, Hee Wook Ryu, Kyung-Suk Cho
Space-saving biocomplex textiles, which can be used as covers or rolled up as needed, have been demonstrated as alternative daily covers for the simultaneous mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and odors in landfills. The biocomplex textiles were made by inserting inorganic biocarriers (perlite (P), tobermolite (T) and their mixture (P/T)) between nonwoven fabrics. Methane (CH4) and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) were used as model compounds for GHGs and odors, and a CH4 and DMS co-degrading microbial consortium was used as an inoculum source...
November 9, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129045/development-of-s-methylmethionine-sulfonium-derivatives-and-their-skin-protective-effect-against-ultraviolet-exposure
#17
Won-Serk Kim, Wang-Kyun Kim, Nahyun Choi, Wonhee Suh, Jinu Lee, Dae-Duk Kim, Ikyon Kim, Jong-Hyuk Sung
In a previous study, we have demonstrated that S-methylmethionine sulfonium (SMMS) confers wound-healing and photoprotective effects on the skin, suggesting that SMMS can be used as a cosmetic raw material. However, it has an unpleasant odor. Therefore, in the present study, we synthesized odor-free SMMS derivatives by eliminating dimethyl sulfide, which is the cause of the unpleasant odor and identified two derivatives that exhibited skin-protective effects: one derivative comprised (2S,4S)- and (2R,4S)-2-phenylthiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid and the other comprised (2S,4R)-, (2S,4S)-, (2R,4R)-, and (2R,4S)-2-phenyl-1,3-thiazinane-4-carboxylic acid...
November 13, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128987/comparison-of-olfactory-and-gustatory-disorders-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Minoru Kouzuki, Tetsuya Suzuki, Masaya Nagano, Syouta Nakamura, Yuto Katsumata, Ayumi Takamura, Katsuya Urakami
Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) develop olfactory and gustatory disorders. However, the order of failure and relevance of the pathophysiology are unclear. We compared olfactory identification and whole mouth gustation in patients with AD to those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and to healthy controls (HC) and assessed correlations with pathophysiology. Patients with AD (n = 40), MCI (n = 34), and HC (n = 40) were recruited. We performed the Odor Stick Identification Test for Japanese (OSIT-J), gustatory test by the intraoral dropping method using taste solutions, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognitive subscale Japanese version (ADAS-J cog), Touch Panel-type Dementia Assessment Scale (TDAS), and measurement of amyloid β (Aβ) 42 and phosphorylated tau (p-tau) 181 levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)...
November 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128717/in-vivo-bioelectronic-nose-using-transgenic-mice-for-specific-odor-detection
#19
Keqiang Gao, Songmin Li, Liujing Zhuang, Zhen Qin, Bin Zhang, Liquan Huang, Ping Wang
The olfactory system is a natural biosensor since its peripheral olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) respond to the external stimuli and transmit the signals to the olfactory bulb (OB) where they are integrated and processed. The axonal connections from the OSNs expressing about 1000 different types of odorant receptors are precisely organized and sorted out onto 1800 glomeruli in the OB, from which the olfactory information is delivered to and perceived by the central nervous system. This process is carried out with particularly high sensitivity, specificity and rapidity, which can be used for explosive detection...
October 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127940/deciphering-the-chemical-origin-of-the-semen-like-floral-scents-in-three-angiosperm-plants
#20
Xiaoping Zhang, Konstantin Chingin, Dacai Zhong, Liping Luo, Vladimir Frankevich, Huanwen Chen
The chemical origin and biological role of distinct semen-like odor occasionally found in some flowers are very curious but remain scarcely studied. Here, we used direct ambient corona discharge ionization mass spectrometry (MS) to study the volatile chemical composition behind the semen-like odor emitted by the fresh flowers of Photinia serrulata, Castanopsis sclerophylla and Stemona japonica without any chemical pretreatment. Chemical identification was performed using high-resolution MS analysis in combination with tandem MS analysis and whenever possible was confirmed by the analysis of standard reference compounds...
November 8, 2017: Phytochemistry
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