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Mammalian pheromone sensing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17709238     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The traditional distinction that the mammalian main olfactory system recognizes general odor molecules and the accessory (vomeronasal) system detects pheromones is no longer valid. The emerging picture is that both systems have considerable overlap in terms of the chemosignals they detect and the effects that they mediate. Recent investigations have discovered large families of pheromonal signals together with a rich variety of specific receptor systems and nasal detection pathways. Selective genetic targeting of these subsystems should help to unravel their biological role in pheromone-mediated behavioral responses.
Frank Zufall; Trese Leinders-Zufall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2007-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in neurobiology     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0959-4388     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Neurobiol.     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-12     Completed Date:  2008-01-09     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9111376     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Neurobiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  483-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, University of Saarland School of Medicine, Kirrberger Strasse, 66421 Homburg/Saar, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Chemoreceptor Cells / physiology
Mammals / physiology*
Olfactory Pathways / anatomy & histology,  physiology*
Pheromones / chemistry,  physiology*
Smell / physiology*
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