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Biagio D'Aniello, Gün R Semin, Anna Scandurra, Claudia Pinelli
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2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871144/evolutionary-morphology-of-the-lizard-chemosensory-system
#2
Simon Baeckens, Anthony Herrel, Chris Broeckhoven, Menelia Vasilopoulou-Kampitsi, Katleen Huyghe, Jana Goyens, Raoul Van Damme
Foraging mode plays a pivotal role in traditional reconstructions of squamate evolution. Transitions between modes are said to spark concerted changes in the morphology, physiology, behaviour, and life history of lizards. With respect to their sensory systems, species that adopt a sit-and-wait strategy are thought to rely on visual cues primarily, while actively hunting species would predominantly use chemical information. The morphology of the tongue and the vomeronasal-organs is believed to mirror this dichotomy...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860523/type-3-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor-is-dispensable-for-sensory-activation-of-the-mammalian-vomeronasal-organ
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Pablo Chamero, Jan Weiss, María Teresa Alonso, Macarena Rodríguez-Prados, Chihiro Hisatsune, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba, Trese Leinders-Zufall, Frank Zufall
Signal transduction in sensory neurons of the mammalian vomeronasal organ (VNO) involves the opening of the canonical transient receptor potential channel Trpc2, a Ca(2+)-permeable cation channel that is activated by diacylglycerol and inhibited by Ca(2+)-calmodulin. There has been a long-standing debate about the extent to which the second messenger inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3) and type 3 InsP3 receptor (InsP3R3) are involved in the opening of Trpc2 channels and in sensory activation of the VNO. To address this question, we investigated VNO function of mice carrying a knockout mutation in the Itpr3 locus causing a loss of InsP3R3...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855563/synchronized-activity-in-the-main-and-accessory-olfactory-bulbs-and-vomeronasal-amygdala-elicited-by-chemical-signals-in-freely-behaving-mice
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Cecília Pardo-Bellver, Sergio Martínez-Bellver, Fernando Martínez-García, Enrique Lanuza, Vicent Teruel-Martí
Chemosensory processing in mammals involves the olfactory and vomeronasal systems, but how the activity of both circuits is integrated is unknown. In our study, we recorded the electrophysiological activity in the olfactory bulbs and the vomeronasal amygdala in freely behaving mice exploring a battery of neutral and conspecific stimuli. The exploration of stimuli, including a neutral stimulus, induced synchronic activity in the olfactory bulbs characterized by a dominant theta rhythmicity, with specific theta-gamma coupling, distinguishing between vomeronasal and olfactory structures...
August 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837672/cardiac-transcriptome-profiling-of-diabetic-akita-mice-using-microarray-and-next-generation-sequencing
#5
Varun Kesherwani, Hamid R Shahshahan, Paras K Mishra
Although diabetes mellitus (DM) causes cardiomyopathy and exacerbates heart failure, the underlying molecular mechanisms for diabetic cardiomyopathy/heart failure are poorly understood. Insulin2 mutant (Ins2+/-) Akita is a mouse model of T1DM, which manifests cardiac dysfunction. However, molecular changes at cardiac transcriptome level that lead to cardiomyopathy remain unclear. To understand the molecular changes in the heart of diabetic Akita mice, we profiled cardiac transcriptome of Ins2+/- Akita and Ins2+/+ control mice using next generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray, and determined the implications of differentially expressed genes on various heart failure signaling pathways using Ingenuity pathway (IPA) analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815295/loss-of-kirrel-family-members-alters-glomerular-structure-and-synapse-numbers-in-the-accessory-olfactory-bulb
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Alexandra C Brignall, Reesha Raja, Alina Phen, Janet E A Prince, Emilie Dumontier, Jean-François Cloutier
The accessory olfactory system controls social and sexual behaviours in mice, both of which are critical for their survival. Vomeronasal sensory neuron (VSN) axons form synapses with mitral cell dendrites in glomeruli of the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB). Axons of VSNs expressing the same vomeronasal receptor (VR) converge into multiple glomeruli within spatially conserved regions of the AOB. Here, we have examined the role of the cell adhesion molecule Kirrel2 in the formation of glomeruli within the AOB...
August 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814779/the-beach-protein-lrba-promotes-the-localization-of-the-heterotrimeric-g-protein-golf-to-olfactory-cilia
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Stefan Kurtenbach, Andreas Gießl, Siv Strömberg, Jan Kremers, Jenny Atorf, Sebastian Rasche, Eva M Neuhaus, Denis Hervé, Johann Helmut Brandstätter, Esther Asan, Hanns Hatt, Manfred W Kilimann
BEACH domain proteins are involved in membrane protein traffic and human diseases, but their molecular mechanisms are not understood. The BEACH protein LRBA has been implicated in immune response and cell proliferation, and human LRBA mutations cause severe immune deficiency. Here, we report a first functional and molecular phenotype outside the immune system of LRBA-knockout mice: compromised olfaction, manifesting in reduced electro-olfactogram response amplitude, impaired food-finding efficiency, and smaller olfactory bulbs...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677202/dreadd-induced-silencing-of-the-medial-amygdala-reduces-the-preference-for-male-pheromones-and-the-expression-of-lordosis-in-estrous-female-mice
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Elizabeth A McCarthy, Arman Maqsudlu, Matthew Bass, Sofia Georghiou, James A Cherry, Michael J Baum
Sexually naïve estrous female mice seek out male urinary pheromones; however, they initially display little receptive (lordosis) behavior in response to male mounts. Vomeronasal-accessory olfactory bulb inputs to the medial amygdala (Me) regulate courtship in female rodents. We used a reversible inhibitory chemogenetic technique (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs; DREADDs) to assess the contribution of Me signaling to females' preference for male pheromones and improvement in receptivity normally seen with repeated testing...
August 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652375/evolution-of-immune-chemoreceptors-into-sensors-of-the-outside-world
#9
Quentin Dietschi, Joël Tuberosa, Lone Rösingh, Gregory Loichot, Manuel Ruedi, Alan Carleton, Ivan Rodriguez
Changes in gene expression patterns represent an essential source of evolutionary innovation. A striking case of neofunctionalization is the acquisition of neuronal specificity by immune formyl peptide receptors (Fprs). In mammals, Fprs are expressed by immune cells, where they detect pathogenic and inflammatory chemical cues. In rodents, these receptors are also expressed by sensory neurons of the vomeronasal organ, an olfactory structure mediating innate avoidance behaviors. Here we show that two gene shuffling events led to two independent acquisitions of neuronal specificity by Fprs...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626946/do-changes-in-gene-expression-contribute-to-sexual-isolation-and-reinforcement-in-the-house-mouse
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Etienne Loire, Sergio Tusso, Pierre Caminade, Dany Severac, Pierre Boursot, Guila Ganem, Carole M Smadja
Expression divergence, rather than sequence divergence, has been shown to be important in speciation, particularly in the early stages of divergence of traits involved in reproductive isolation. In the two European subspecies of house mice, Mus musculus musculus and M. m. domesticus, earlier studies have demonstrated olfactory-based assortative mate preference in populations close to their hybrid zone. It has been suggested that this behaviour evolved following the recent secondary contact between the two taxa (~3,000 years ago) in response to selection against hybridisation...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588456/activity-dependent-modulation-of-granule-cell-survival-in-the-accessory-olfactory-bulb-at-puberty
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Livio Oboti, Sara Trova, Roberta Schellino, Marilena Marraudino, Natalie R Harris, Olubukola M Abiona, Mojca Stampar, Weihong Lin, Paolo Peretto
The vomeronasal system (VNS) is specialized in the detection of salient chemical cues triggering social and neuroendocrine responses. Such responses are not always stereotyped, instead, they vary depending on age, sex, and reproductive state, yet the mechanisms underlying this variability are unclear. Here, by analyzing neuronal survival in the first processing nucleus of the VNS, namely the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), through multiple bromodeoxyuridine birthdating protocols, we show that exposure of female mice to male soiled bedding material affects the integration of newborn granule interneurons mainly after puberty...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543083/afferent-and-efferent-projections-of-the-anterior-cortical-amygdaloid-nucleus-in-the-mouse
#12
Bernardita Cádiz-Moretti, María Abellán-Álvaro, Cecília Pardo-Bellver, Fernando Martínez-García, Enrique Lanuza
The anterior cortical amygdaloid nucleus (ACo) is a chemosensory area of the cortical amygdala that receives afferent projections from both the main and accessory olfactory bulbs. The role of this structure is unknown, partially due to a lack of knowledge of its connectivity. In this work, we describe the pattern of afferent and efferent projections of the ACo by using fluorogold and biotinylated dextranamines as retrograde and anterograde tracers, respectively. The results show that the ACo is reciprocally connected with the olfactory system and basal forebrain, as well as with the chemosensory and basomedial amygdala...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515207/early-social-learning-triggers-neurogenomic-expression-changes-in-a-swordtail-fish
#13
Rongfeng Cui, Pablo J Delclos, Molly Schumer, Gil G Rosenthal
Mate choice can play a pivotal role in the nature and extent of reproductive isolation between species. Mating preferences are often dependent on an individual's social experience with adult phenotypes throughout development. We show that olfactory preference in a swordtail fish (Xiphophorus malinche) is affected by previous experience with adult olfactory signals. We compare transcriptome-wide gene expression levels of pooled sensory and brain tissues between three treatment groups that differ by social experience: females with no adult exposure, females exposed to conspecifics and females exposed to heterospecifics...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514374/-the-role-of-the-vomeronasal-system-in-the-formation-of-the-human-sexual-behaviour
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REVIEW
S V Morozova, D M Savvateeva, V M Svistushkin, L A Toporkova
This review deals with the structure and function of the vomeronasal system and evaluation of its influence on the sexual sphere of humans and animals. Special attention is given to the role of pheromones in the regulation of the sexual behaviour. The data concerning the function of the vomeronasal organ following surgical interventions in the nasal cavity are discussed.
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503895/quantitative-comparative-analysis-of-the-nasal-chemosensory-organs-of-anurans-during-larval-development-and-metamorphosis-highlights-the-relative-importance-of-chemosensory-subsystems-in-the-group
#15
Lucas David Jungblut, John O Reiss, Dante A Paz, Andrea G Pozzi
The anuran peripheral olfactory system is composed of a number of subsystems, represented by distinct neuroepithelia. These include the main olfactory epithelium and vomeronasal organ (found in most tetrapods) and three specialized epithelia of anurans: the buccal-exposed olfactory epithelium of larvae, and the olfactory recess and middle chamber epithelium of postmetamorphic animals. To better characterize the developmental changes in these subsystems across the life cycle, morphometric changes of the nasal chemosensory organs during larval development and metamorphosis were analyzed in three different anuran species (Rhinella arenarum, Hypsiboas pulchellus, and Xenopus laevis)...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476589/in-vivo-stimulus-presentation-to-the-mouse-vomeronasal-system-surgery-experiment-setup-and-software
#16
Michal Yoles-Frenkel, Oksana Cohen, Rohini Bansal, Noa Horesh, Yoram Ben-Shaul
BACKGROUND: Achieving controlled stimulus delivery is a major challenge in the physiological analysis of the vomeronasal system (VNS). NEW METHOD: We provide a comprehensive description of a setup allowing controlled stimulus delivery into the vomeronasal organ (VNO) of anesthetized mice. VNO suction is achieved via electrical stimulation of the sympathetic nerve trunk (SNT) using cuff electrodes, followed by flushing of the nasal cavity. Successful application of this methodology depends on several aspects including the surgical preparation, fabrication of cuff electrodes, experimental setup modifications, and the stimulus delivery and flushing...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458780/identification-of-olfactory-receptor-genes-in-the-japanese-grenadier-anchovy-coilia-nasus
#17
Guoli Zhu, Liangjiang Wang, Wenqiao Tang, Xiaomei Wang, Cong Wang
Olfaction is essential for fish to detect odorant elements in the environment and plays a critical role in navigating, locating food and detecting predators. Olfactory function is produced by the olfactory transduction pathway and is activated by olfactory receptors (ORs) through the binding of odorant elements. Recently, four types of olfactory receptors have been identified in vertebrate olfactory epithelium, including main odorant receptors (MORs), vomeronasal type receptors (VRs), trace-amine associated receptors (TAARs) and formyl peptide receptors (FPRs)...
2017: Genes & Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440809/a-missense-polymorphism-in-the-putative-pheromone-receptor-gene-vn1r1-is-associated-with-sociosexual-behavior
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S Henningsson, D Hovey, K Vass, H Walum, K Sandnabba, P Santtila, P Jern, L Westberg
Pheromones regulate social and reproductive behavior in most mammalian species. These effects are mediated by the vomeronasal and main olfactory systems. Effects of putative pheromones on human neuroendocrine activity, brain activity and attractiveness ratings suggest that humans may communicate via similar chemosignaling. Here we studied two samples of younger and older individuals, respectively, with respect to one nonsynonymous polymorphism in the gene encoding the human vomeronasal type-1 receptor 1, VN1R1, and one nonsynonymous polymorphism in the gene encoding the olfactory receptor OR7D4...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420967/organization-and-plasticity-of-sodium-channel-expression-in-the-mouse-olfactory-and-vomeronasal-epithelia
#19
Florian Bolz, Stephanie Kasper, Bernd Bufe, Frank Zufall, Martina Pyrski
To understand the molecular basis of neuronal excitation in the mammalian olfactory system, we conducted a systematic analysis of the organization of voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel subunits in the main olfactory epithelium (MOE) and vomeronasal organ (VNO) of adult mice. We also analyzed changes in Nav channel expression during development in these two systems and during regeneration of the MOE. Quantitative PCR shows that Nav1.7 is the predominant isoform in both adult MOE and VNO. We detected pronounced immunoreactivity for Nav1...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417051/morphology-of-cat-vomeronasal-organ-non-sensory-epithelium-during-postnatal-development
#20
Sanaa A M Elgayar, Heba M Saad-Eldin, Ola A Haussein
The vomeronasal organ has an important role in mammal's social and sexual behaviours. In addition, it mediates defensive behavior through detection of protein pheromone homologues. In this work, a detailed morphological description of the postnatal development of the non-sensory epithelium (NSE) lining the vomeronasal duct (VND) of the female cat is provided using various histological techniques. The study focused on newborn, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 8 weeks of postnatal ages using four animals for each age. We report here for the first time that three types of NSE line the rostral segment of the VND; nonkeratinized stratified squamous epithelium, stratified cuboidal epithelium, and ciliated pseudo stratified columnar ciliated epithelium with goblet cells and that the VND undergoes 90° a change in its its axis from the vertical position caudally to the horizontal position rostral...
March 2017: Anatomy & Cell Biology
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