publication . Article . Other literature type . 2019 . Embargo end date: 20 Feb 2020

Recognizing taste: coding patterns along the neural axis in mammals

Kathrin Ohla; Ryusuke Yoshida; Stephen D. Roper; Patricia M. Di Lorenzo; Jonathan D. Victor; John D. Boughter; Max L. Fletcher; Donald B. Katz; Nirupa Chaudhari;
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  • Published: 14 Feb 2019
  • Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
The gustatory system encodes information about chemical identity, nutritional value, and concentration of sensory stimuli before transmitting the signal from taste buds to central neurons that process and transform the signal. Deciphering the coding logic for taste quality requires examining responses at each level along the neural axis - from peripheral sensory organs to gustatory cortex. From the earliest single fiber recordings, it was clear that some afferent neurons respond uniquely, others to stimuli of multiple qualities. There is frequently a “best stimulus” for a given neuron, leading to the suggestion that taste exhibits “labeled line coding”. In the e...
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free text keywords: gustatory coding, taste quality, taste bud, geniculate ganglion, nucleus of solitary tract, gustatory cortex, Review Article, Physiology (medical), Physiology, Sensory Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience, ddc:540, Neuron, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Taste, Electrophysiology, Neuroscience, Biology, Sensory system, Stimulus (physiology), Taste receptor
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