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Ranko Mladina, Romano Antunović, Cemal Cingi, Nuray Bayar Muluk, Neven Skitarelić
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a pioneering investigation into the incidence of pneumatization in human skulls. METHODS: A total of 93 human skulls (≥20 years of age, 69 males, 24 females) were included in the study. The skulls were scanned in a fixed position using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The pneumatized space parameters within the nasal septum - width, length, and height - were measured. RESULTS: Two types of finding were identified: (a) Pneumatization, named "sinus septi nasi" (SSN), and (b) "spongy bone" (SB)...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159658/the-rat-vomeronasal-organ-is-a-vitamin-d-target
#2
A Rodewald, V M Gebhart, H Oehring, G F Jirikowski
We studied the expression of vitamin D receptor and of vitamin D binding protein in the rat vomeronasal organ. With immunofluorescence, in situ hybridization and with reverse transcriptase PCR we found both proteins in sensory as well as in non-sensory cells. Sensory neurons contained immunoreactivity for vitamin D3 receptor in nuclei, in portions of the cytoplasm, and in apical dendrites and their microvilli. Vitamin D binding protein was observed in sensory neuron axons and cytoplasm, mostly confined to dendrites...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152579/5htr3a-driven-gfp-labels-immature-olfactory-sensory-neurons
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Thomas E Finger, Dianna L Bartel, Nicole Shultz, Noah B Goodson, Charles Greer
The ionotropic serotonin receptor, 5-HT3 , is expressed by many developing neurons within the central nervous system. Since the olfactory epithelium continues to generate new olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) throughout life, we investigated the possibility that 5-HT3 is expressed in the adult epithelium. Using a transgenic mouse in which the promoter for the 5-HT3a subunit drives expression of GFP, we assessed the expression of this marker in the olfactory epithelium of adult mice. Both the native 5-HT3a mRNA and GFP are expressed within globose basal cells of the olfactory and vomeronasal epithelium in adult mice...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128447/trpc2-pseudogenization-dynamics-in-bats-reveal-ancestral-vomeronasal-signaling-then-pervasive-loss
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Laurel R Yohe, Ramatu Abubakar, Christina Giordano, Elizabeth Dumont, Karen Sears, Stephen J Rossiter, Liliana M Dávalos
Comparative methods are often used to infer loss or gain of complex phenotypes, but few studies take advantage of genes tightly linked with complex traits to test for shifts in the strength of selection. In mammals vomerolfaction detects chemical cues mediating many social and reproductive behaviors and is highly conserved, but all bats exhibit degraded vomeronasal structures with the exception of two families (Phyllostomidae and Miniopteridae). These families either regained vomerolfaction after ancestral loss, or there were many independent losses after diversification from an ancestor with functional vomerolfaction...
January 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120945/imorin-a-sexual-attractiveness-pheromone-in-female-red-bellied-newts-cynops-pyrrhogaster
#5
Tomoaki Nakada, Fumiyo Toyoda, Kouhei Matsuda, Takashi Nakakura, Itaru Hasunuma, Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Satomi Onoue, Makoto Yokosuka, Sakae Kikuyama
The male red-bellied newt (Cynops pyrrhogaster) approaches the female's cloaca prior to performing any courtship behaviour, as if he is using some released substance to gauge whether she is sexually receptive. Therefore, we investigated whether such a female sexual attractiveness pheromone exists. We found that a tripeptide with amino acid sequence Ala-Glu-Phe is secreted by the ciliary cells in the epithelium of the proximal portion of the oviduct of sexually developed newts and confirmed that this is the major active substance in water in which sexually developed female newts have been kept...
January 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109265/population-genetics-of-mouse-lemur-vomeronasal-receptors-current-versus-past-selection-and-demographic-inference
#6
Philipp Hohenbrink, Nicholas I Mundy, Ute Radespiel
BACKGROUND: A major effort is underway to use population genetic approaches to identify loci involved in adaptation. One issue that has so far received limited attention is whether loci that show a phylogenetic signal of positive selection in the past also show evidence of ongoing positive selection at the population level. We address this issue using vomeronasal receptors (VRs), a diverse gene family in mammals involved in intraspecific communication and predator detection. In mouse lemurs, we previously demonstrated that both subfamilies of VRs (V1Rs and V2Rs) show a strong signal of directional selection in interspecific analyses...
January 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101121/embryology-of-the-vno-and-associated-structures-in-the-grass-snake-natrix-natrix-squamata-naticinae-a-3d-perspective
#7
Paweł Kaczmarek, Mateusz Hermyt, Weronika Rupik
BACKGROUND: Snakes are considered to be vomerolfaction specialists. They are members of one of the most diverse groups of vertebrates, Squamata. The vomeronasal organ and the associated structures (such as the lacrimal duct, choanal groove, lamina transversalis anterior and cupola Jacobsoni) of adult lizards and snakes have received much anatomical, histological, physiological and behavioural attention. However, only limited embryological investigation into these structures, constrained to some anatomical or cellular studies and brief surveys, has been carried out thus far...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094892/histological-features-of-the-vomeronasal-organ-in-the-giraffe-giraffa-camelopardalis
#8
Daisuke Kondoh, Kentaro G Nakamura, Yurie S Ono, Kazutoshi Yuhara, Gen Bando, Kenichi Watanabe, Noriyuki Horiuchi, Yoshiyasu Kobayashi, Motoki Sasaki, Nobuo Kitamura
The vomeronasal organ (VNO) that preferentially detects species-specific substances is diverse among animal species, and its morphological properties seem to reflect the ecological features of animals. This histological study of two female reticulated giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) found that the VNO is developed in giraffes. The lateral and medial regions of the vomeronasal lumen were covered with sensory and nonsensory epithelia, respectively. The vomeronasal glands were positive for periodic acid-Schiff and alcian blue (pH 2...
January 17, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990576/coordinated-shift-of-olfactory-amino-acid-responses-and-v2r-expression-to-an-amphibian-water-nose-during-metamorphosis
#9
Adnan S Syed, Alfredo Sansone, Thomas Hassenklöver, Ivan Manzini, Sigrun I Korsching
All olfactory receptors identified in teleost fish are expressed in a single sensory surface, whereas mammalian olfactory receptor gene families segregate into different olfactory organs, chief among them the main olfactory epithelium expressing ORs and TAARs, and the vomeronasal organ expressing V1Rs and V2Rs. A transitional stage is embodied by amphibians, with their vomeronasal organ expressing more 'modern', later diverging V2Rs, whereas more 'ancient', earlier diverging V2Rs are expressed in the main olfactory epithelium...
December 18, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912243/vomeronasal-receptors-in-vertebrates-and-the-evolution-of-pheromone-detection
#10
Liliana Silva, Agostinho Antunes
Pheromones were identified as chemical signals used for intraspecific communication in insects (e.g., sexual attraction) in the 1950s. However, only almost 40 years later the vomeronasal receptors type-1 (V1R) and type-2 (V2R) were identified, usually associated with the presence of a vomeronasal organ (VNO). VRs are widespread in amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, but birds lost the VNO. Similarly, fishes lack VRs and a VNO but can still detect pheromones, instead using the olfactory receptors related to class A and class C G protein-coupled receptors...
February 8, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813206/castration-alters-the-number-and-structure-of-dendritic-spines-in-the-male-posterodorsal-medial-amygdala
#11
Mariana Zancan, Aline Dall'Oglio, Edson Quagliotto, Alberto A Rasia-Filho
The posterodorsal medial amygdala (MePD) is responsive to androgens and participates in the integration of olfactory/vomeronasal stimuli for the display of sexual behavior in rats. Adult gonadectomy (GDX) affects the MePD structural integrity at the same time that impairs male mating behavior. At the cellular level, dendritic spines modulate excitatory synaptic transmission, strength, and plasticity. Here, we describe the effect of GDX on the number and shape of dendritic spines in the right and left MePD using confocal microscopy and 3D image reconstruction...
November 4, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782186/opposite-sex-attraction-in-male-mice-requires-testosterone-dependent-regulation-of-adult-olfactory-bulb-neurogenesis
#12
Roberta Schellino, Sara Trova, Irene Cimino, Alice Farinetti, Bart C Jongbloets, R Jeroen Pasterkamp, Giancarlo Panzica, Paolo Giacobini, Silvia De Marchis, Paolo Peretto
Opposite-sex attraction in most mammals depends on the fine-tuned integration of pheromonal stimuli with gonadal hormones in the brain circuits underlying sexual behaviour. Neural activity in these circuits is regulated by sensory processing in the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB), the first central station of the vomeronasal system. Recent evidence indicates adult neurogenesis in the AOB is involved in sex behaviour; however, the mechanisms underlying this function are unknown. By using Semaphorin 7A knockout (Sema7A ko) mice, which show a reduced number of gonadotropin-releasing-hormone neurons, small testicles and subfertility, and wild-type males castrated during adulthood, we demonstrate that the level of circulating testosterone regulates the sex-specific control of AOB neurogenesis and the vomeronasal system activation, which influences opposite-sex cue preference/attraction in mice...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704948/bmal1-is-required-for-normal-reproductive-behaviors-in-male-mice
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Erica L Schoeller, Daniel D Clark, Sandeepa Dey, Nathan V Cao, Sheila J Semaan, Ling W Chao, Alexander S Kauffman, Lisa Stowers, Pamela L Mellon
Circadian rhythms synchronize physiological processes with the light-dark cycle and are regulated by a hierarchical system initiated in the suprachiasmatic nucleus, a hypothalamic region that receives direct photic input. The suprachiasmatic nucleus then entrains additional oscillators in the periphery. Circadian rhythms are maintained by a molecular transcriptional feedback loop, of which brain and muscle aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-like protein 1 (BMAL1) is a key member. Disruption of circadian rhythms by deletion of the BMAL1 gene (Bmal1 knockout [KO]) induces a variety of disease states, including infertility in males, due to unidentified mechanisms...
December 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697521/activation-of-arginine-vasopressin-receptor-1a-facilitates-the-induction-of-long-term-potentiation-in-the-accessory-olfactory-bulb-of-male-mice
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Toshiharu Namba, Mutsuo Taniguchi, Yoshihiro Murata, Jia Tong, Yujie Wang, Fumino Okutani, Masahiro Yamaguchi, Hideto Kaba
Olfaction plays an important role in social recognition in most mammals. Central arginine vasopressin (AVP) plays a role in this olfaction-based recognition. The high level of expression of AVP receptors in the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) at the first relay of the vomeronasal system highlights the importance of AVP signaling at this stage. We therefore analyzed the effects of AVP on the synaptic plasticity of glutamatergic transmission from mitral cells to granule cells in AOB slices from male mice. To monitor the strength of the glutamatergic transmission, we measured the maximal initial slope of the lateral olfactory tract-evoked field potential, which represents the granule cell response to mitral cell activation...
September 30, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684435/in-depth-physiological-analysis-of-defined-cell-populations-in-acute-tissue-slices-of-the-mouse-vomeronasal-organ
#15
Tobias Ackels, Daniela R Drose, Marc Spehr
In most mammals, the vomeronasal organ (VNO) is a chemosensory structure that detects both hetero- and conspecific social cues. Vomeronasal sensory neurons (VSNs) express a specific type of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) from at least three different chemoreceptor gene families allowing sensitive and specific detection of chemosensory cues. These families comprise the V1r and V2r gene families as well as the formyl peptide receptor (FPR)-related sequence (Fpr-rs) family of putative chemoreceptor genes. In order to understand the physiology of vomeronasal receptor-ligand interactions and downstream signaling, it is essential to identify the biophysical properties inherent to each specific class of VSNs...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651427/characteristic-response-to-chemosensory-signals-in-gabaergic-cells-of-medial-amygdala-is-not-driven-by-main-olfactory-input
#16
Jenne M Westberry, Michael Meredith
Chemosensory stimuli from same species (conspecific) and different species (heterospecific) elicit categorically different immediate-early gene (IEG) response patterns in medial amygdala in male hamsters and mice. All heterospecific stimuli activate anterior medial amygdala (MeA) but only especially salient heterospecific stimuli, such as those from predators activate posterior medial amygdala (MeP). We previously reported that characteristic patterns of response in separate populations of cells in MeA and MeP distinguish between different conspecific stimuli...
January 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27641160/seasonal-morphometry-of-the-vomeronasal-organ-in-the-marsupial-mouse-antechinus-subtropicus
#17
Rachel Claire Aland, Edward Gosden, Adrian J Bradley
The vomeronasal system consists of a peripheral organ and the connected central neuronal networks. The central connections are sexually dimorphic in rodents, and in some species, parameters of the vomeronasal organ (VNO) vary with sex, hormonal exposure, body size and seasonality. The VNO of the dasyurid marsupial mouse, Antechinus subtropicus is presumed to be functional. The unusual life history (male semelparity) is marked by distinct seasonality with differences in hormonal environments both between males and females, and in males at different time points...
November 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625425/development-of-the-main-olfactory-system-and-main-olfactory-epithelium-dependent-male-mating-behavior-are-altered-in-go-deficient-mice
#18
Jung-Mi Choi, Sung-Soo Kim, Chan-Il Choi, Hye Lim Cha, Huy-Hyen Oh, Sungho Ghil, Young-Don Lee, Lutz Birnbaumer, Haeyoung Suh-Kim
In mammals, initial detection of olfactory stimuli is mediated by sensory neurons in the main olfactory epithelium (MOE) and the vomeronasal organ (VNO). The heterotrimeric GTP-binding protein Go is widely expressed in the MOE and VNO of mice. Early studies indicated that Go expression in VNO sensory neurons is critical for directing social and sexual behaviors in female mice [Oboti L, et al. (2014) BMC Biol 12:31]. However, the physiological functions of Go in the MOE have remained poorly defined. Here, we examined the role of Go in the MOE using mice lacking the α subunit of Go Development of the olfactory bulb (OB) was perturbed in mutant mice as a result of reduced neurogenesis and increased cell death...
September 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27599481/the-lymphatic-vascular-system-of-the-mouse-head
#19
Melanie Lohrberg, Jörg Wilting
Histological studies of the lymphatic vascular system in adult mice are hampered because bones cannot be sectioned properly. Here, we decalcified the heads of 14-day-old mice, embedded them in paraffin and stained resultant serial sections with the lymphendothelial-specific antibodies Lyve-1 and Podoplanin. We show that the tissues with the highest lymphatic vascular density are the dermis and the oral mucous membranes. In contrast, the nasal mucous membrane is devoid of lymphatics, except for its most basal parts below the vomeronasal organ...
December 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27594382/revisiting-the-vomeronasal-system-from-an-integrated-perspective
#20
Ignacio Salazar, Arthur W Barrios, Pablo Sánchez
"Olfactory subsystems" is a relatively new terminology to refer to the different regions of the nasal cavity featuring olfactory sensory neurons. In mice, the olfactory chemical cues are detected in four well delimited areas: the main olfactory epithelium, the septal organ, Grüneberg's ganglion, and the sensory epithelium of the vomeronasal organ. Nevertheless, such distribution is by no means exhibited by all mammals. In microsmatic mammals -humans included- the only existing olfactory subsystem is the main olfactory epithelium...
September 4, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
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