Insect Odorant Receptors: Channeling Scent

Tal Soo Ha, Dean P. Smith

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Abstract

Odorant detection in insects involves heterodimers between an odorant receptor (OR) and a conserved seven-transmembrane protein called Or83b, but the exact mechanism of OR signal transduction is unclear. Two recent studies in Nature (Sato et al., 2008; Wicher et al., 2008) now reveal that these OR-Or83b heterodimers form odorant-gated ion channels, revealing a surprising new mode of olfactory transduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-763
Number of pages3
JournalCell
Volume133
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2008

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Insect Odorant Receptors : Channeling Scent. / Ha, Tal Soo; Smith, Dean P.

In: Cell, Vol. 133, No. 5, 30.05.2008, p. 761-763.

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Ha, Tal Soo ; Smith, Dean P. / Insect Odorant Receptors : Channeling Scent. In: Cell. 2008 ; Vol. 133, No. 5. pp. 761-763.
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