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Sensory systems

Section edited by Jiu-Lin Du

This section deals with sensory functions and sensory processing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, gustatory and olfactory signal transduction, chemosensory circuits, phototransduction and auditory neurophysiology.

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    Extracellular nucleotides have long been known to play neuromodulatory roles and to be involved in intercellular signalling. In the olfactory system, ATP is released by olfactory neurons, and exogenous ATP can...

    Authors: Ruth Dooley, Anastasia Mashukova, Bastian Toetter, Hanns Hatt and Eva M Neuhaus

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2011 12:86

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    Neuropathic pain is a chronic and intractable symptom associated with nerve injury. The periaqueductal gray (PAG) is important in the endogenous pain control system and is the main site of the opioidergic anal...

    Authors: Eu-Teum Hahm, Younghoon Kim, Jong-Ju Lee and Young-Wuk Cho

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2011 12:41

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    Mammalian taste buds contain several specialized cell types that coordinately respond to tastants and communicate with sensory nerves. While it has long been appreciated that these cells undergo continual turn...

    Authors: Theresa A Harrison, Lorraine B Smith Adams, Preston D Moore, Marla K Perna, Jarrod D Sword and Dennis M Defoe

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2011 12:34

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    Autonomous reflexes enable animals to respond quickly to potential threats, prevent injury and mediate fight or flight responses. Intense acoustic stimuli with sudden onsets elicit a startle reflex while stimu...

    Authors: Thomas Götz and Vincent M Janik

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2011 12:30

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    Glutamate has been proposed as a transmitter in the peripheral taste system in addition to its well-documented role as an umami taste stimulus. Evidence for a role as a transmitter includes the presence of ion...

    Authors: Aurelie Vandenbeuch, Marco Tizzano, Catherine B Anderson, Leslie M Stone, Daniel Goldberg and Sue C Kinnamon

    Citation: BMC Neuroscience 2010 11:77

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