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Molecular and cellular organization of insect chemosensory neurons


De Bruyne, M and Warr, CG, Molecular and cellular organization of insect chemosensory neurons, BioEssays, 28, (1) pp. 23-34. ISSN 0265-9247 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/bies.20338


Animals use their chemosensory systems to detect and discriminate among chemical cues in the environment. Remarkable progress has recently been made in our knowledge of the molecular and cellular basis of chemosensory perception in insects, based largely on studies in Drosophila. This progress has been possible due to the identification of gene families for olfactory and gustatory receptors, the use of electro-physiological recording techniques on sensory neurons, the multitude of genetic manipulations that are available in this species, and insights from several insect model systems. Recent studies show that the super-family of chemoreceptor proteins represent the essential elements in chemosensory coding, endowing chemosensory neurons with their abilities to respond to specific sets of odorants, testants or pheromones. Investigating how insects detect chemicals in their environment can show us how receptor protein structures relate to ligand binding, how nervous systems process complex information, and how chemosensory systems and genes evolve.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:binding protein; gene product; insect protein; pheromone; pheromone binding protein; potein NinaA; receptor; receptor protein; unclassified drug; bioluminescence resonance energy transfer; chemical cue; chemoreceptor; chemosensitivity; Drosophila
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Genetics
Research Field:Neurogenetics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Warr, CG (Professor Coral Warr)
ID Code:131981
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Office of the School of Medicine
Deposited On:2019-04-16
Last Modified:2019-04-16

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