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The Molecular Basis of Smell and Taste Transduction

The Molecular Basis of Smell and Taste Transduction

Derek J. Chadwick (Editor), Joan Marsh (Editor), Jamie A. Goode (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-51451-1 September 2007 298 Pages


Recent application of the techniques of molecular biology and patch-clamp physiology has led to rapid advances in understanding the molecular events in chemosensory transduction. In this book, the latest results are presented and discussed by leading scientists. The extensive coverage encompasses many important topics, including mucous domains; microchemical heterogeneity in the mucociliary complex of the olfactory epithelium; membrane currents and mechanisms of olfactory transduction, and genetic and pathological taste variation.
Partial table of contents:

Receptor Diversity and Spatial Patterning in the Mammalian Olfactory System (L. Buck).

Molecular Mechanisms of Olfactory Neuronal Gene Regulation (M. Wang & R. Reed).

A New Tool for Investigating G Protein-Coupled Receptors (M. Lerner, et al.).

Second Messenger Signaling in Olfaction (H. Breer).

Membrane Currents and Mechanisms of Olfactory Transduction (S. Firestein & F. Zufall).

Perireceptor Events in Taste (H. Schmale, et al.).

Role of Apical Ion Channels in Sour Taste Transduction (S. Kinnamon).

Ion Pathways in the Taste Bud and Their Significance for Transduction (J. DeSimone, et al.).