Accession Number ADA564867
Title Selectivity of Odorant Receptors in Insects.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 5p
Personal Author J. C. Dickens J. D. Bohbot
Abstract Insect olfactory receptors (ORs) detect chemicals, shape neuronal physiology, and regulate behavior. Although ORs have been categorized as generalists and specialists based on their ligand spectrum, both electrophysiological studies and recent pharmacological investigations show that ORs specifically recognize non-pheromonal compounds, and that our understanding of odorant-selectivity mirrors our knowledge of insect chemical ecology. As we are progressively becoming aware that ORs are activated through a variety of mechanisms, the molecular basis of odorant-selectivity and the corollary notion of broad-tuning need to be re-examined from a pharmacological and evolutionary perspective.
Keywords Ecology
Electrophysiology
Evolution(Biology)
Insects
Nerve cells
Olfaction
Olfactory nerve
Olfactory receptor
Pharmacology
Semiochemical
Specialist

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57E - Clinical Medicine
Corporate Author Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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