Boccaccio, 2021

2021 - Cell Tissue Res. 2021 Jan;383(1):429-443. doi: 10.1007/s00441-020-03391-7. Epub 2021 Jan 15.PMID: 33447881 Review.

The cyclic AMP signaling pathway in the rodent main olfactory system.

Boccaccio A, Menini A, Pifferi S.


Odor perception begins with the detection of odorant molecules by the main olfactory epithelium located in the nasal cavity. Odorant molecules bind to and activate a large family of G-protein-coupled odorant receptors and trigger a cAMP-mediated transduction cascade that converts the chemical stimulus into an electrical signal transmitted to the brain. Morever, odorant receptors and cAMP signaling plays a relevant role in olfactory sensory neuron development and axonal targeting to the olfactory bulb. This review will first explore the physiological response of olfactory sensory neurons to odorants and then analyze the different components of cAMP signaling and their different roles in odorant detection and olfactory sensory neuron development.


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