Mechanisms of olfaction


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© 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Molecular mechanisms of olfaction have been intensively studied in the last quarter century. Receptors by which olfactory stimuli are detected are vastly different between different animal species and even between different olfactory organs of the same species. This chapter includes a description of the anatomy of the mammalian olfactory system and an overview of the receptors. The signaling mechanism and expression pattern of these receptors is discussed along with how the brain decodes olfactory information gathered from the environment and then translates these signals into behaviors. This chapter also contains brief comparison of the fish, insect and nematode olfactory receptors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sharma, R; Matsunami, H

Published Date

  • December 1, 2014

Volume / Issue

  • 9789401786133 /

Book Title

  • Bioelectronic Nose: Integration of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Start / End Page

  • 23 - 45

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 9401786127

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9789401786126

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-94-017-8613-3_2

Citation Source

  • Scopus