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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924007/multiple-signaling-pathways-coordinately-regulate-forgetting-of-olfactory-adaptation-through-control-of-sensory-responses-in-c-elegans
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Tomohiro Kitazono, Sayuri Hara-Kuge, Osamu Matsuda, Akitoshi Inoue, Manabi Fujiwara, Takeshi Ishihara
Forgetting memories is important for animals to properly respond to continuously changing environments. To elucidate the mechanisms of forgetting, we used one of the behavioral plasticities of C. elegans hermaphrodite, olfactory adaptation to an attractive odorant, diacetyl, as a simple model of learning. In C. elegans, the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway accelerates forgetting of olfactory adaptation by facilitating neural secretion from AWC sensory neurons. In this study, to identify the downstream effectors of the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway, we conducted a genetic screen for suppressors of the gain-of-function mutant of tir-1 (ok1052), which shows excessive forgetting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923431/both-anxiety-and-joint-laxity-determine-the-olfactory-features-in-panic-disorder
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Emma Burón, Antonio Bulbena, Andrea Bulbena-Cabré, Sílvia Rosado, Guillem Pailhez
Previous research showed a high sensitivity in sensorial modalities in panic disorder (PD). This disorder has been consistently associated to the joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS). In non-clinical samples, this collagen alteration has been also related to an enhanced sensitivity in some sensorial modalities. The main aim of this study is to explore the olfactory functioning in PD in relation to JHS. Sixty patients with PD and sixty healthy controls performed the Sniffin' Sticks Test (SST) (threshold subtest), and completed the Affective Impact of Odors scale (AIO), the Relational Scale of Olfaction (EROL), and the Odor Awareness Scale (OAS)...
September 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920093/pyrazine-analogues-from-wolf-urine-induced-unlearned-fear-in-rats
#3
Makoto Kashiwayanagi, Sadaharu Miyazono, Kazumi Osada
Urine excreted from the common grey wolf (Canis lupus) contains a kairomone, inducing fear-related behaviors in various mammals. Numerous fear-inducing substances activate neurons at the main and/or accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), medial and central amygdala, and hypothalamus. Our previous study showed that the mixture of pyrazine analogues (P-mix) contained in wolf urine induced avoidance and fear-related behaviors in laboratory mice and Hokkaido deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis), a species native to Japan. Exposure to wolf urine or P-mix induced expression of Fos, a marker of neuronal excitation, in the AOB of mice...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919799/maple-syrup-urine-disease-mechanisms-and-management
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Patrick R Blackburn, Jennifer M Gass, Filippo Pinto E Vairo, Kristen M Farnham, Herjot K Atwal, Sarah Macklin, Eric W Klee, Paldeep S Atwal
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by defects in the branched-chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase complex, which results in elevations of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) in plasma, α-ketoacids in urine, and production of the pathognomonic disease marker, alloisoleucine. The disorder varies in severity and the clinical spectrum is quite broad with five recognized clinical variants that have no known association with genotype. The classic presentation occurs in the neonatal period with developmental delay, failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, and maple syrup odor in the cerumen and urine, and can lead to irreversible neurological complications, including stereotypical movements, metabolic decompensation, and death if left untreated...
2017: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919721/profile-of-sodium-phenylbutyrate-granules-for-the-treatment-of-urea-cycle-disorders-patient-perspectives
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Luis Peña-Quintana, Marta Llarena, Desiderio Reyes-Suárez, Luis Aldámiz-Echevarria
Urea-cycle disorders are a group of rare hereditary metabolic diseases characterized by deficiencies of one of the enzymes and transporters involved in the urea cycle, which is necessary for the removal of nitrogen produced from protein breakdown. These hereditary metabolic diseases are characterized by hyperammonemia and life-threatening hyperammonemic crises. Pharmacological treatment of urea-cycle disorders involves alternative nitrogen-scavenging pathways. Sodium benzoate combines with glycine and phenylacetate/phenylbutyrate with glutamine, forming, respectively, hippuric acid and phenylacetylglutamine, which are eliminated in the urine...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919043/neocortical-dynamics-during-whisker-based-sensory-discrimination-in-head-restrained-mice
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Fritjof Helmchen, Ariel Gilad, Jerry L Chen
A fundamental task frequently encountered by brains is to rapidly and reliably discriminate between sensory stimuli of the same modality, be it distinct auditory sounds, odors, visual patterns, or tactile textures. A key mammalian brain structure involved in discrimination behavior is the neocortex. Sensory processing not only involves the respective primary sensory area, which is crucial for perceptual detection, but additionally relies on cortico-cortical communication among several regions including higher-order sensory areas as well as frontal cortical areas...
September 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918632/analysis-and-sensory-evaluation-of-the-stereoisomers-of-a-homologous-series-c5-c10-of-4-mercapto-2-alkanols
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Svenja Nörenberg, Christiane Kiske, Bastian Reichardt, Verena Andelfinger, Anne Pfeiffer, Franziska Schmidts, Wolfgang Eisenreich, Karl-Heinz Engel
A homologous series of 4-mercapto-2-alkanols (C5-C10) was used to investigate the impact of the stereochemistry on the sensory properties of a class of naturally occurring polyfunctional thiols having a 1,3-oxygen-sulfur functionality. Stereoisomers were obtained via syntheses of racemic mixtures and subsequent lipase-catalyzed kinetic resolutions. Analytical separations of the stereoisomers were achieved by capillary gas chromatography (GC) using chiral stationary phases. The absolute configurations were assigned via NMR analysis...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918495/the-stingless-bee-melipona-solani-deposits-a-signature-mixture-and-methyl-oleate-to-mark-valuable-food-sources
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David Alavez-Rosas, Edi A Malo, Miguel A Guzmán, Daniel Sánchez-Guillén, Rogel Villanueva-Gutiérrez, Leopoldo Cruz-López
Stingless bees foraging for food improve recruitment by depositing chemical cues on valuable food sites or pheromone marks on vegetation. Using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and bioassays, we showed that Melipona solani foragers leave a mixture composed mostly of long chain hydrocarbons from their abdominal cuticle plus methyl oleate from the labial gland as a scent mark on rich food sites. The composition of hydrocarbons was highly variable among individuals and varied in proportions, depending on the body part...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917718/olfactory-toxicity-in-rats-following-manganese-chloride-nasal-instillation-a-pilot-study
#9
Melanie L Foster, Deepa B Rao, Taylor Francher, Samantha Traver, David C Dorman
Following inhalation, manganese travels along the olfactory nerve from the olfactory epithelium (OE) to the olfactory bulb (OB). Occupational exposure to inhaled manganese is associated with changes in olfactory function. This pilot study evaluated two related hypotheses: (a) intranasal manganese administration increases OE and OB manganese concentrations; and (b) intranasal manganese exposure impairs performance of previously trained rats on a go-no-go olfactory discrimination (OD) task. Male Fischer 344 rats were trained to either lever press ("go") in response to a positive conditioned stimulus (CS+: vanillin) or to do nothing ("no go") when a negative conditioned stimulus (CS-: amyl acetate) was present...
September 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916783/differential-regulation-of-vaginal-lipocalins-obp-mup-during-the-estrous-cycle-of-the-house-mouse
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Martina Černá, Barbora Kuntová, Pavel Talacko, Romana Stopková, Pavel Stopka
Female house mice produce pheromone-carrying major urinary proteins (MUPs) in a cycling manner, thus reaching the maximum urinary production just before ovulation. This is thought to occur to advertise the time of ovulation via deposited urine marks. This study aimed to characterize the protein content from the house mouse vaginal flushes to detect putative vaginal-advertising molecules for a direct identification of reproductive states. Here we show that the mouse vaginal discharge contains lipocalins including those from the odorant binding (OBP) and major urinary (MUP) protein families...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916629/histone-deacetylase-inhibition-induces-odor-preference-memory-extension-and-maintains-enhanced-ampa-receptor-expression-in-the-rat-pup-model
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Sriya Bhattacharya, Bandhan Mukherjee, Jules J E Doré, Qi Yuan, Carolyn W Harley, John H McLean
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) plays a role in synaptic plasticity and long-term memory formation. We hypothesized that trichostatin-A (TSA), an HDAC inhibitor, would promote long-term odor preference memory and maintain enhanced GluA1 receptor levels that have been hypothesized to support memory. We used an early odor preference learning model in neonate rat pups that normally produces only 24-h memory to test behavior and examine receptor protein expression. Our behavioral studies showed that intrabulbar infusion of TSA, prior to pairing of the conditioned stimulus (peppermint odor) with the unconditioned stimulus (tactile stimulation), prolonged 24-h odor preference memory for at least 9 d...
October 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916627/interactions-between-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-dorsomedial-striatum-are-necessary-for-odor-span-capacity-in-rats-role-of-glun2b-containing-nmda-receptors
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Don A Davies, Quentin Greba, Jantz C Selk, Jillian K Catton, Landon D Baillie, Sean J Mulligan, John G Howland
Working memory is involved in the maintenance and manipulation of information essential for complex cognition. While the neural substrates underlying working memory capacity have been studied in humans, considerably less is known about the circuitry mediating working memory capacity in rodents. Therefore, the present experiments tested the involvement of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and dorsal striatum (STR) in the odor span task (OST), a task proposed to assay working memory capacity in rodents. Initially, Long Evans rats were trained to dig in scented sand for food following a serial delayed nonmatching-to-sample rule...
October 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912112/molecular-basis-of-peripheral-olfactory-sensing-during-oviposition-in-the-behavior-of-the-parasitic-wasp-anastatus-japonicus
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Yinliang Wang, Qi Chen, Junqi Guo, Jing Li, Jiatong Wang, Ming Wen, Hanbo Zhao, Bingzhong Ren
Anastatus japonicus is a parasitic wasp and natural enemy of the litchi pest Tessaratoma papillosa, and for decades in China, A. japonicus has been mass-reared inside the eggs of Antheraea pernyi to control T. papillosa. A series of experiments was performed to explore the olfactory mechanism underlying the oviposition behavior of A. japonicus. First, a transcriptomic analysis was performed on the antennae of A. japonicus, and the resulting assemblies led to the generation of 70,473 unigenes. Subsequently, 21,368 unigenes were matched to known proteins, 48 odorant receptors (ORs) (including Orco) and 13 antennal ionotropic receptors (IRs) (including the co-receptors IR8a and IR25a) were identified and predicted to form complete open reading frames (ORFs)...
September 11, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912013/acid-sensing-ion-channel-1-contributes-to-normal-olfactory-function
#14
Kiara T Vann, Zhi-Gang Xiong
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are cation channels activated by protons. ASIC1a, a primary ASIC subunit in the brain, was recently characterized in the olfactory bulb. The present study tested the hypothesis that ASIC1a is essential for normal olfactory function. Olfactory behavior of wild-type (WT) and ASIC1-/- mice was evaluated by using three standard olfactory tests: (1) the buried food test, (2) the olfactory habituation test, and (3) the olfactory preference test. In buried food test, ASIC1-/- mice had significantly longer latency to uncover buried food than WT mice...
September 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911620/composition-of-asarum-heterotropoides-var-mandshuricum-radix-oil-from-different-extraction-methods-and-activities-against-human-body-odor-producing-bacteria
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A S M Tanbirul Haque, Jin Nam Moon, P S Saravana, Adane Tilahun, Byung-Soo Chun
In this study, oils from Asarum heterotropoides were extracted by traditional solvent extraction and supercritical CO2 (SC-CO2) extraction methods and their antioxidant activities along with antimicrobial and inhibitory activities against five human body odor-producing bacteria (Staphylococcus epidermidis, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, Micrococcus luteus, Corynebacterium jeikeium, and Corynebacterium xerosis) were evaluated. The oil was found to contain 15 components, among which the most abundant component was methyl eugenol (37...
October 2016: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901711/learning-to-name-smells-increases-activity-in-heteromodal-semantic-areas
#16
Arnaud Fournel, Caroline Sezille, Carmen C Licon, Charlotte Sinding, Johannes Gerber, Camille Ferdenzi, Thomas Hummel, Moustafa Bensafi
Semantic description of odors is a cognitively demanding task. Learning to name smells is, however, possible with training. This study set out to examine how improvement in olfactory semantic knowledge following training reorganizes the neural representation of smells. First, 19 nonexpert volunteers were trained for 3 days; they were exposed (i) to odorants presented without verbal labels (perceptual learning) and (ii) to other odorants paired with lexicosemantic labels (associative learning). Second, the same participants were tested in a brain imaging study (fMRI) measuring hemodynamic responses to learned odors presented in both the perceptual and associative learning conditions...
September 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899520/cholinergic-neurotransmission-and-olfactory-function-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-a-tms-study
#17
Viviana Versace, Patrick B Langthaler, Luca Sebastianelli, Stefan Golaszewski, Alexander B Kunz, Francesco Brigo, Leopold Saltuari, Raffaele Nardone
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Odor identification and discrimination are reduced in subjects with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), but the pathophysiology of the olfactory dysfunction in OSAS is still poorly understood. Experimental evidence suggests that olfactory impairment could be related to central cholinergic dysfunction. Short latency afferent inhibition (SAI) is a paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocol that gives the opportunity to test an inhibitory cholinergic circuit in the human cerebral motor cortex...
September 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899502/melaleuca-quinquenervia-essential-oil-inhibits-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-induced-melanin-production-and-oxidative-stress-in-b16-melanoma-cells
#18
Wen-Wan Chao, Chia-Chi Su, Hsin-Yi Peng, Su-Tze Chou
BACKGROUND: Essential oils are odorous, volatile products of plant secondary metabolism, which are found in many leaves and stems. They show important biological activities, which account for the development of aromatherapy used in complementary and alternative medicine. The essential oil extracted from Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T. Blake (paperbark) (MQ-EO) has various functional properties. PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to investigate the chemical composition of MQ-EO by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and evaluate its tyrosinase inhibitory activity...
October 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895910/a-false-alarm-reduction-method-for-a-gas-sensor-based-electronic-nose
#19
Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, Chalie Charoenlarpnopparut, Prapun Suksompong, Pisanu Toochinda, Attaphongse Taparugssanagorn
Electronic noses (E-Noses) are becoming popular for food and fruit quality assessment due to their robustness and repeated usability without fatigue, unlike human experts. An E-Nose equipped with classification algorithms and having open ended classification boundaries such as the k-nearest neighbor (k-NN), support vector machine (SVM), and multilayer perceptron neural network (MLPNN), are found to suffer from false classification errors of irrelevant odor data. To reduce false classification and misclassification errors, and to improve correct rejection performance; algorithms with a hyperspheric boundary, such as a radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) and generalized regression neural network (GRNN) with a Gaussian activation function in the hidden layer should be used...
September 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894911/diminished-conspecific-odor-recognition-in-the-rusty-crayfish-orconectes-rusticus-following-a-96-h-exposure-to-atrazine
#20
Rachelle M Belanger, Kendra R Evans, Noor K Abraham, Kaldoun M Barawi
The presence of agricultural contaminants has been shown to disrupt olfactory-mediated behaviors in aquatic animals. We assessed the effects of atrazine on the ability of reproductively active (form I), male crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) to identify and respond to conspecific chemical signals involved in mating. Male crayfish were exposed to atrazine (80 ppb) and water (control) for 96 h. We analyzed odor localization and locomotor behaviors of herbicide-treated and control male crayfish to two different odor sources: female odor or water (control) delivered from the proximal end of a test arena...
September 11, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
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