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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218655/taste-receptors-mediate-sinonasal-immunity-and-respiratory-disease
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REVIEW
Jennifer E Douglas, Noam A Cohen
The bitter taste receptor T2R38 has been shown to play a role in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), where the receptor functions to enhance upper respiratory innate immunity through a triad of beneficial immune responses. Individuals with a functional version of T2R38 are tasters for the bitter compound phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and exhibit an anti-microbial response in the upper airway to certain invading pathogens, while those individuals with a non-functional version of the receptor are PTC non-tasters and lack this beneficial response...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214914/the-impact-of-bitter-taste-receptor-genetics-on-culturable-bacteria-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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D I Rom, J M Christensen, R Alvarado, R Sacks, R J Harvey
BACKGROUND: Extra-oral bitter taste receptors have been associated with innate bacterial defence mechanisms. Genetic variation in T2R38 functionality has been shown to be associated with susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). We sought to independently assess the influence of bitter taste receptor genotype on the presence of culturable bacteria in the sinuses. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional analysis of patients with CRS undergoing surgery was performed...
February 19, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213324/qing-hua-granule-induces-glp-1-secretion-via-bitter-taste-receptor-in-db-db-mice
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Junyan Li, Jie Xu, Ruifang Hou, Xin Jin, Jingyi Wang, Na Yang, Li Yang, Li Liu, Feng Tao, Hao Lu
Qing-Hua Granule (QHG), the modified formulation of a classical Chinese prescription named Gegen Qinlian Decoction, was clinically employed to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) through regulation of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). However, the potential mechanism is unknown. We investigate whether QHG induces GLP-1 secretion via activation of bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) pathway in the gastrointestinal tract of db/db mice. The db/db mice were intragastrically (i.g.) administered QHG (low/medium/high dose) once daily for 8 weeks...
February 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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/28167233/taste-and-smell-gpcrs-in-the-lung-evidence-for-a-previously-unrecognized-widespread-chemosensory-system
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REVIEW
Steven S An, Stephen B Liggett
Taste and smell receptor expression has been traditionally limited to the tongue and nose. We have identified bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) and olfactory receptors (ORs) on human airway smooth muscle (HASM) cells. TAS2Rs signal to PLCβ evoking an increase in [Ca(2+)]i causing membrane hyperpolarization and marked HASM relaxation ascertained by single cell, ex vivo, and in vivo methods. The presence of TAS2Rs in the lung was unexpected, as was the bronchodilatory function which has been shown to be due to signaling within specific microdomains of the cell...
February 4, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164781/long-range-projection-neurons-in-the-taste-circuit-of-drosophila
#6
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/28164195/a-potential-sex-dimorphism-in-the-relationship-between-bitter-taste-and-alcohol-consumption
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Emma Louise Beckett, Konsta Duesing, Lyndell Boyd, Zoe Yates, Martin Veysey, Mark Lucock
BACKGROUND: Bitterness is an innate aversive taste important in detecting potentially toxic substances, including alcohol. However, bitter compounds exist in many foods and beverages, and can be desirable, such as in beer. TAS2R38 is a well-studied bitter taste receptor with common polymorphisms. Some have reported relationships between TAS2R38 genotypes, bitter taste phenotype and alcohol intake, however results have been mixed. These mixed results may be explained by the varying taste properties of different alcoholic beverages or a sex dimorphism in responses...
February 6, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154330/analgesic-effects-and-side-effects-of-ephedra-herb-extract-and-ephedrine-alkaloids-free-ephedra-herb-extract
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Yoshinori Kobayashi
 Ephedra Herb is classified "pungent, slightly bitter, and warm" in tastes and natures, and is used to provide warmth to the body, dispel coldness, remove dampness, and reduce pain. Similar herbs are "pungent and hot" chili peppers, "pungent and hot" evodia fruit," "pungent and warm" ginger, "pungent and hot" processed ginger, "pungent and hot" Zanthoxylum fruit, etc. These herbs are prescribed to provide heat to the outer or inner body. Some pungent components such as capsaicin, evodiamine, gingerol, and shogaol are known to be activators of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1)...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145731/coupling-of-airway-smooth-muscle-tas2rs-to-intracellular-signaling-and-relaxation-is-via-g%C3%AE-i1-2-3
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Donghwa Kim, Jung A Woo, Ezekiel Geffken, Steven S An, Stephen B Liggett
Bitter taste receptors (TAS2Rs) are expressed on human airway smooth muscle (HASM) and evoke marked relaxation. Agonist interaction with TAS2Rs activates PLC and increases compartmentalized [Ca(2+)]i via IP3. In taste cells, the G-protein gustducin couples TAS2R to PLC, however we find very low levels of Gαgust mRNA or protein in HASM. We hypothesized that another G-protein in HASM transmits TAS2R function. TAS2R signaling to [Ca(2+)]i, ERK1/2, and physiologic relaxation was sensitive to pertussis toxin confirming a role for a member of the Gi-family...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123110/functional-characterization-of-the-tas2r38-bitter-taste-receptor-for-phenylthiocarbamide-in-colobine-monkeys
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Laurentia Henrieta Permita Sari Purba, Kanthi Arum Widayati, Kei Tsutsui, Nami Suzuki-Hashido, Takashi Hayakawa, Sarah Nila, Bambang Suryobroto, Hiroo Imai
Bitterness perception in mammals is mostly directed at natural toxins that induce innate avoidance behaviours. Bitter taste is mediated by the G protein-coupled receptor TAS2R, which is located in taste cell membranes. One of the best-studied bitter taste receptors is TAS2R38, which recognizes phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). Here we investigate the sensitivities of TAS2R38 receptors to PTC in four species of leaf-eating monkeys (subfamily Colobinae). Compared with macaque monkeys (subfamily Cercopithecinae), colobines have lower sensitivities to PTC in behavioural and in vitro functional analyses...
January 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118781/caffeine-bitterness-is-related-to-daily-caffeine-intake-and-bitter-receptor-mrna-abundance-in-human-taste-tissue
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Sarah V Lipchock, Andrew I Spielman, Julie A Mennella, Corrine J Mansfield, Liang-Dar Hwang, Jennifer E Douglas, Danielle R Reed
We investigated whether the abundance of bitter receptor mRNA expression from human taste papillae is related to an individual's perceptual ratings of bitter intensity and habitual intake of bitter drinks. Ratings of the bitterness of caffeine and quinine and three other bitter stimuli (urea, propylthiouracil, and denatonium benzoate) were compared with relative taste papilla mRNA abundance of bitter receptors that respond to the corresponding bitter stimuli in cell-based assays ( TAS2R4, TAS2R10, TAS2R38, TAS2R43, and TAS2R46)...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118027/impaired-relaxation-of-airway-smooth-muscle-in-mice-lacking-the-actin-binding-protein-gelsolin
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Maya Mikami, Yi Zhang, Jennifer Danielsson, Tiarra Joell, Hwan Mee Yong, Elizabeth Townsend, Seema Khurana, Steven S An, Charles W Emala
Diverse classes of ligands have recently been discovered that relax airway smooth muscle (ASM) despite a transient increase in intracellular calcium concentrations ([Ca(2+)]i). However, the cellular mechanisms are not well understood. Gelsolin is a calcium-activated actin severing and capping protein found in many cell types including ASM cells. Gelsolin also binds to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) making this substrate less available for phospholipase Cβ-mediated hydrolysis to inositol triphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol...
January 24, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099851/a-molecular-and-cellular-context-dependent-role-for-ir76b-in-detection-of-amino-acid-taste
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Anindya Ganguly, Lisa Pang, Vi-Khoi Duong, Angelina Lee, Hanni Schoniger, Erika Varady, Anupama Dahanukar
Amino acid taste is expected to be a universal property among animals. Although sweet, bitter, salt, and water tastes have been well characterized in insects, the mechanisms underlying amino acid taste remain elusive. From a Drosophila RNAi screen, we identify an ionotropic receptor, Ir76b, as necessary for yeast preference. Using calcium imaging, we identify Ir76b(+) amino acid taste neurons in legs, overlapping partially with sweet neurons but not those that sense other tastants. Ir76b mutants have reduced responses to amino acids, which are rescued by transgenic expression of Ir76b and a mosquito ortholog AgIr76b...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074885/first-objective-evaluation-of-taste-sensitivity-to-6-n-propylthiouracil-prop-a-paradigm-gustatory-stimulus-in-humans
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Giorgia Sollai, Melania Melis, Danilo Pani, Piero Cosseddu, Ilenia Usai, Roberto Crnjar, Annalisa Bonfiglio, Iole Tomassini Barbarossa
Practical and reliable methods for the objective measure of taste function are critically important for studying eating behavior and taste function impairment. Here, we present direct measures of human gustatory response to a prototypical bitter compound, 6-n-propyltiouracil (PROP), obtained by electrophysiological recordings from the tongue of subjects who were classified for taster status and genotyped for the specific receptor gene (TAS2R38), and in which taste papilla density was determined. PROP stimulation evoked negative slow potentials that represent the summated depolarization of taste cells...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062485/activation-of-bitter-taste-receptors-in-pulmonary-nociceptors-sensitizes-trpv1-channels-through-plc-and-pkc-signaling-pathway
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Qihai Gu, Deanna S Joe, Carolyn A Gilbert
Bitter taste receptors (T2Rs), a G-protein-coupled receptor family capable of detecting numerous bitter-tasting compounds, have recently been shown to be expressed and play diverse roles in many extraoral tissues. Here we report the functional expression of T2Rs in rat pulmonary sensory neurons. In anesthetized spontaneously breathing rats, intratracheal instillation of T2Rs agonist chloroquine (10 mM, 0.1 ml) significantly augmented chemoreflexes evoked by right-atrial injection of capsaicin, a specific activator for transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1); whereas intravenous infusion of chloroquine failed to significantly affect capsaicin-evoked reflexes...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053191/extraoral-bitter-taste-receptors-in-health-and-disease
#17
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/28013542/vertebrate-bitter-taste-receptors-keys-for-survival-in-changing-environments
#18
Maik Behrens, Wolfgang Meyerhof
Research on bitter taste receptors has made enormous progress during recent years. Although in the early period after the discovery of this highly interesting receptor family special emphasis was placed on the deorphanization of mainly human bitter taste receptors, the research focus has shifted to sophisticated structure-function analyses, the discovery of small-molecule interactors, and the pharmacological profiling of nonhuman bitter taste receptors. These findings allowed novel perspectives on, for example, evolutionary and ecological questions that have arisen and that are discussed...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012014/analysis-of-the-expression-of-human-bitter-taste-receptors-in-extraoral-tissues
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Appalaraju Jaggupilli, Nisha Singh, Jasbir Upadhyaya, Anurag S Sikarwar, Makoto Arakawa, Shyamala Dakshinamurti, Rajinder P Bhullar, Kangmin Duan, Prashen Chelikani
The 25 bitter taste receptors (T2Rs) in humans perform a chemosensory function. However, very little is known about the level of expression of these receptors in different tissues. In this study, using nCounter gene expression we analyzed the expression patterns of human TAS2R transcripts in cystic fibrosis bronchial epithelial (CuFi-1), normal bronchial epithelial (NuLi-1), airway smooth muscle (ASM), pulmonary artery smooth muscle (PASM), mammary epithelial, and breast cancer cells. Our results suggest a specific pattern of TAS2R expression with TAS2R3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 19, and 50 transcripts expressed at moderate levels and TAS2R14 and TAS2R20 (or TASR49) at high levels in the various tissues analyzed...
February 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984170/autism-genes-are-selectively-targeted-by-environmental-pollutants-including-pesticides-heavy-metals-bisphenol-a-phthalates-and-many-others-in-food-cosmetics-or-household-products
#20
REVIEW
C J Carter, R A Blizard
The increasing incidence of autism suggests a major environmental influence. Epidemiology has implicated many candidates and genetics many susceptibility genes. Gene/environment interactions in autism were analysed using 206 autism susceptibility genes (ASG's) from the Autworks database to interrogate ∼1 million chemical/gene interactions in the comparative toxicogenomics database. Any bias towards ASG's was statistically determined for each chemical. Many suspect compounds identified in epidemiology, including tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, pesticides, particulate matter, benzo(a)pyrene, heavy metals, valproate, acetaminophen, SSRI's, cocaine, bisphenol A, phthalates, polyhalogenated biphenyls, flame retardants, diesel constituents, terbutaline and oxytocin, inter alia showed a significant degree of bias towards ASG's, as did relevant endogenous agents (retinoids, sex steroids, thyroxine, melatonin, folate, dopamine, serotonin)...
October 27, 2016: Neurochemistry International
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