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Cell. 2009 Oct 16;139(2):234-44. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2009.10.001.

Common sense about taste: from mammals to insects.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA.

Abstract

The sense of taste is a specialized chemosensory system dedicated to the evaluation of food and drink. Despite the fact that vertebrates and insects have independently evolved distinct anatomic and molecular pathways for taste sensation, there are clear parallels in the organization and coding logic between the two systems. There is now persuasive evidence that tastant quality is mediated by labeled lines, whereby distinct and strictly segregated populations of taste receptor cells encode each of the taste qualities.

PMID:
19837029
PMCID:
PMC3936514
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2009.10.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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