Linda M Wysocki

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Nitric oxide, a simple gas which serves as a neurotransmitter in the CNS, has been proposed to serve as an interneuronal second messenger in olfactory transduction. However, the role of nitric oxide in olfaction has been questioned by experiments in which nitric oxide synthase, the enzyme that generates nitric oxide, could not be localized to the olfactory(More)
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in mammals (H-2 in mice) play a major role in regulating immune function. They also bestow individuality in the form of a chemical signature or odortype. At present, the respective contributions of the olfactory epithelium and the vomeronasal organ (VNO) in the recognition of individual odortypes are not well(More)
During an immune response, specific Abs and B cells that are infrequently represented in the preimmune repertoire become amplified to abundance. Novel structures are also created through the physiological process of somatic hypermutation in Ab genes. This presents a challenge for T cell self-tolerance, because many potential V region epitopes are either(More)
Two experiments examined the chemosensory modalities by which males detect an ephemeral sex pheromone in the freshly voided urine of female mice. Experiment 1 examined the interaction of deafferenting the accessory olfactory system (vomeronasal organ removal) and subsequent sexual experience upon ultrasonic vocalizations by male mice to freshly voided(More)
Chemical cues from male voles activate reproduction in female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Twelve hours of contact with a male, followed by exposure to his soiled bedding for 2 days, is sufficient to initiate follicular maturation and induce uterine hypertrophy. Our recent work indicates that the chemosensory vomeronasal organ (VNO) can mediate(More)
We conducted a study to investigate whether taste buds are present on the human adult uvula. Our impetus was to determine whether surgical procedures that involve removal of the uvula can affect taste perception. Five human uvulae were removed via a modified carbon dioxide laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty in an outpatient office setting. The uvulae were(More)
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