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J Cell Biol. 2010 Aug 9;190(3):285-96. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201003144.

The cell biology of taste.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and Program in Neurosciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA. nchaudhari@med.miami.edu

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  • J Cell Biol. 2010 Oct 18;191(2):429.


Taste buds are aggregates of 50-100 polarized neuroepithelial cells that detect nutrients and other compounds. Combined analyses of gene expression and cellular function reveal an elegant cellular organization within the taste bud. This review discusses the functional classes of taste cells, their cell biology, and current thinking on how taste information is transmitted to the brain.

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