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Chem Senses. 2006 Jan;31(1):63-7. Epub 2005 Nov 23.

Specific projection of the sensory crypt cells in the olfactory system in crucian carp, Carassius carassius.

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  • 1Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Oslo, PO Box 1041, Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway. elhassan.hamdani@bio.uio.no


To study the projection of a special type of sensory neuron called crypt cells in the olfactory system in crucian carp, Carassius carassius, we applied the neural tracer 1,1-dilinoleyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine perchlorate (DiI) in the olfactory bulb (OB). Small crystals of DiI were applied in a small area at the synaptic region at the ventral part of the OB, where a population of secondary neurons specific for sex pheromones has been identified. In those samples (4 out of 24) where only axons in the lateral bundle of the medial olfactory tract were stained, the majority (50-66%) of olfactory sensory neurons stained were crypt cells situated in the peripheral layer of the olfactory epithelium. Because this bundle of the tract mediates reproductive behavior, it is conceivable that crypt cells express olfactory receptors for sex pheromones.

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