Revisiting the Vomeronasal System From an Integrated Perspective




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Autorenliste: Salazar I, Barrios AW, Sanchez-Quinteiro P
Verlag: Wiley: 12 months
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2016
Bandnummer: 299
Heftnummer: 11
Erste Seite: 1488
Letzte Seite: 1491
Seitenumfang: 4
ISSN: 1932-8486
Sprachen: Englisch-Vereinigtes Königreich (EN-GB)


"Olfactory subsystems" is a relatively new terminology to refer to the different regions of the nasal cavity featuring olfactory sensory neurons. In mice, the olfactory chemical cues are detected in four well delimited areas: the main olfactory epithelium, the septal organ, Gruneberg's ganglion, and the sensory epithelium of the vomeronasal organ. Nevertheless, such distribution is by no means exhibited by all mammals. In microsmatic mammals - humans included-the only existing olfactory subsystem is the main olfactory epithelium. This raises the question of whether the lack of certain olfactory structures in those species implies that they are unable to identify certain olfactory signals, or on the contrary, their main olfactory epithelium assumes such role. It would be interesting to determine, in the context of biomedical research, if the sense of smell in humans is fully or partially endowed with the wide range of functions assigned to the vomeronasal system in mice. If it is not, presumptive implications of the lack of such functions should be addressed in human health and well-being. (C) 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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