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1

What is the role of the olfactory epithelium?

Detects airborne odorants

2

What is the role of the nasal turbinates?

1) Enlarge olfactory epithelium
2) Improve airflow contact

3

How do odorants dissolve in the mucus film?

In association with odorant binding protein

4

How often are olfactory receptors renewed?

Every 60 days (by basal cell division)

5

What are the steps for olfactory transduction?

Olfactory receptor (on cilia) → Golf → AC → ↑cAMP → opens cyclic nucleotide gated cation channels (inflow of Ca²⁺ + Na⁺) → depolarization

6

What can augment depolarisation in olfactory transduction?

Cl⁻ outflow through Ca²⁺ gated channels

7

How does olfactory adaptation occur?

Ca²⁺ also works on calmodulin to ↓ sensitivity of cation channels to cAMP

8

How is calcium extruded from the cell in olfactory cells?

NCX

9

What is the pathway of transmission of olfactory information?

Olfactory receptors axons pass through cribiform plate to olfactory bulb

Olfactory receptors → Mitral cells + tufted cells → Lateral olfactory tract

10

What mediates lateral inhibition in the olfactory bulb?

Periglomerular and granule cells

11

Define lateral inhibition:

Stimulation of a neuron leads to inhibition of an adjacent receptor through an inhibitory neuron

12

What 5 regions in the cortex does the lateral olfactory tract synapse with?

1) Anterior olfactory nucleus - mediates inhibition between 2 bulbs via anterior commisure

2) Olfactory tubercle
- Projects to medial dorsal nucleus of thalamus → orbitofrontal cortex
- Mediates conscious perception of odour

3) Pyriform cortex
- Projects to other olfactor cortical regions

4) Amygdala - Affective component/ emotion

5) Entorhinal cortex - Affective component/ emotion

13

What is the vomeronasal organ?

Projects via accessory olfactory bulb to amygdala
Mediates response to pheromones

14

What are trace amine associated receptors?

Found in human main olfactory epithelium
Detect volatile amines in sweat → shifts mood/fertility

15

What are the three papillae with taste buds?

Circumvallate
Fungiform
Foliate

16

What are the different taste qualities?

1) Bitter
2) Sweet
4) Umami
5) Salt
6) Sour

17

What are the different taste receptor cell types?

1) Receptor cells (Bitter, sweet, umami)
2) Presynaptic cell (Sour [acid])
3) Glial like cell (salt)

18

What are the specific receptors for Umami, sweet and bitter?

Umami = T1R1 + T1R3
Sweet = T1R2 + T1R3
Bitter = >30 T2R

19

What is the transduction mechanism for Umami, sweet and bitter?

GPCR activation → βγ translocation → IP₃ → ↑ Ca²⁺ release from intracellular storage → opening of TRP5M cation channel → depolarisation

Depolarisation + ↑ intracellular Ca²⁺ → neurotransmitter release

20

What is the transduction mechanism for sour?

Mechanism not fully known. Involves intracellular acidification of receptor.

K⁺ channels blocked by protons → depolarisation → opening of Ca²⁺ channels → transmitter release

21

What is the transduction mechanism for salt?

Na⁺ entry (via epithelial sodium leak channels) → depolarisation

22

Taste afferents in chorda tympani, glossopharyngeal and sup. laryngeal nerves proceed via cranial nerves ______________ to synapse in the _____________ of the __________ within the gustatory nucleus. In the primate, an uncrossed pathway projects to the ______________________ of the thalamus, and then to _____________________ in the ______________________. From primary taste cortex, projections pass to the secondary taste area in ______________________, where units modulate their discharge according to the pleasantness of the taste of food, and to the _____________, which plays a role in the affective component of taste response. Projections to the _______________ modulate feeding behaviour. In subprimate species (rodents) the _________________ runs via a __________________ in the _____________, where changing physiological conditions may modify feeding behaviour.

Taste afferents in chorda tympani, glossopharyngeal and sup. laryngeal nerves proceed via cranial nerves VII, IX and X to synapse in the solitary nuclear complex of the medulla within the gustatory nucleus. In the primate, an uncrossed pathway projects to the ventral posterior medial nucleus of the thalamus, and then to gustatory neocortex in the anterior insula and frontal operculum. From primary taste cortex, projections pass to the secondary taste area in orbitofrontal cortex, where units modulate their discharge according to the pleasantness of the taste of food, and to the amygdala, which plays a role in the affective component of taste response. Projections to the lateral hypothalamus modulate feeding behaviour. In subprimate species (rodents) the thalamocortical pathway runs via a pontine relay in the parabrachial nucleus, where changing physiological conditions may modify feeding behaviour.

23

What is across-fibre code?

Individual fibres respond to a range of stimuli, but tend to prefer just one of these. Therefore taste is identified by the pattern of afferent activity evoked in different fibres

24

What type of input do afferent taste fibres receive?

Tuned input.
1) From receptor cells via ATP released across gap junction hemichannels
2) From presynaptic cells via serotonin