Patricia Duchamp-Viret

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Molecular biology studies of olfaction have identified a multigene family of molecular receptors that are likely to be involved in odor transduction mechanisms. However, because previous functional data on peripheral coding were mainly collected from inferior vertebrates, it has been difficult to document the degree of specificity of odor interaction(More)
In mammals, two recent studies have shown recently that one odor molecule can be recognized by several molecular olfactory receptors (ORs), and a single OR can recognize multiple odor molecules. In addition, one olfactory receptor neuron (ORN) may respond to different stimuli chosen as representative of distinct odor qualities. The aim of the present study(More)
Olfaction plays a fundamental role in feeding behavior, but changes in olfactory acuity according to feeding states have never been precisely demonstrated in animals. The present study assesses the olfactory detection performance of fasted or satiated rats placed under a strictly controlled food-intake regimen. We did this using a conditioned odor aversion(More)
Most olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) express a single type of olfactory receptor that is differentially sensitive to a wide variety of odorant molecules. The diversity of possible odorant-receptor interactions raises challenging problems for the coding of complex mixtures of many odorants, which make up the vast majority of real world odors. Pure(More)
Numerous peripheral and hypothalamic peptides control food intake. Among these signals are orexin, an orexigenic molecule released into the olfactory bulb by centrifugal hypothalamic fibres and leptin, an anorexigenic molecule that is released peripherally and can pass through the blood-brain barrier. In the present study, we injected either orexin or(More)
Most odours are complex mixtures. However, the capacities of olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) to process complex odour stimuli have never been explored in air-breathing vertebrates. To face this issue, the present study compares the electrical responses of single OSNs to two odour molecules, delivered singly and mixed together, in rats in vivo. This work is(More)
The spiking response of receptor neurons to various odorants has been analyzed at different concentrations. The interspike intervals were measured extracellularly before, during and after the stimulation from the olfactory epithelium of the frog Rana ridibunda. First, a quantitative method was developed to distinguish the spikes in the response from the(More)
Until now, olfactory discrimination had never been investigated using stimuli delivered over a wide concentration range. However, the fact that intensity variations might influence qualitative discrimination has been suggested in numerous physiological and psychophysical studies. The aim of the present work was to investigate qualitative coding mechanisms(More)
1. Extracellular unitary responses of receptor cells of second-order neurons identified as output cells were recorded in the frog. Four odorants of defined concentrations distributed over a wide range were delivered in the form of 2-s square pulses to the olfactory mucosa with a multistage dynamic flow dilution olfactometer. Bulbar responses were studied(More)
The spiking activity of receptor neurons was recorded extracellularly in the frog olfactory epithelium in response to four odourants applied at precisely controlled concentrations. A set of criteria was formulated to define the spikes in the response. Four variables - latency, duration, number of interspike intervals and frequency - were determined to(More)