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The team obtained similar results with 25 other pairs of deuterated/undeuterated compounds when responding to their specific olfactory receptors.
The lead study author Yoshihito Niimura of the University of Tokyo's department of applied biological chemistry said, "We don't really know how the number of olfactory receptor genes relates to olfactory ability.
Hanns Hatt at the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, found that in addition to having 350 different types olfactory receptors in the nose, human beings the odor receptors in the outermost layer of their skin, keratinocytes, as well.
7] pointed out that Odorant binding proteins (OBPs) and chemosensory proteins (CSPs) are two of the best known olfactory proteins in insects, but chemosensory protein (CSPs) is the only carrier transmits of recognition signals to the olfactory receptor neurons.
In rodents, the typicallifespan of an olfactory receptor neuron is 30 to 60 days, but some live as long as a year.
Stereoselective detection of amino acids by lobster olfactory receptor neurons.
Olfactory nerve transection damage mature olfactory receptor neurons without affecting other cells within the olfactory epithelium (Graziadei and Graziadei, 1979).
We have obtained maps of the input to the olfactory bulb which define the responsiveness of individual olfactory receptor proteins.
Within the nasal cavity (olfactory mucosa [OM]), olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) are replaced by a resident population of stem cells [15].
Cell death of olfactory receptor neurons in a rat with nasosinusitis infected artificially with Staphylococcus.
Research suggests that olfactory receptor expression varies significantly in the human population, and this may explain the functional variation in taste and olfaction that has been observed for decades.
The 2004 study determined that "the mechanism of olfactory loss is thought to be the direct action of the divalent zinc ion on the olfactory receptor cell.