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Behav Neurosci. 2001 Jun;115(3):626-31.

OMP gene deletion results in an alteration in odorant quality perception.

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Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, New York 13210, USA.


To test the hypothesis that odorant quality perception is altered in olfactory marker protein (OMP)-null mice, we trained and tested adult OMP-null and control mice, using a 5-odorant identification confusion matrix task (animal odorant confusion matrix [AOCM]). On average, control and null mice performed the task at equivalent levels. The composite 5 x 5 response matrix from 40 testing sessions for each subject (both OMP-null and control) was compared with that of every other subject, yielding a dissimilarity matrix of AOCM responses. A multidimensional scaling (MDS) analysis of the dissimilarity data yielded a 4-dimensional solution, with each mouse occupying a point in MDS animal space. Statistical analysis demonstrated significant effects of genotype in determining the location of a mouse in the MDS space. These data suggest, therefore, that compared with that of controls, odorant quality perception is altered in the OMP-null mouse.

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