A single class of olfactory neurons mediates behavioural responses to a Drosophila sex pheromone

  title={A single class of olfactory neurons mediates behavioural responses to a Drosophila sex pheromone},
  author={Amina Kurtovic and Alexandre Widmer and Barry J. Dickson},
Insects, like many other animals, use sex pheromones to coordinate their reproductive behaviours. Volatile pheromones are detected by odorant receptors expressed in olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs). Whereas fruit odours typically activate multiple ORN classes, pheromones are thought to act through single dedicated classes of ORN. This model predicts that activation of such an ORN class should be sufficient to trigger the appropriate behavioural response. Here we show that the Drosophila… CONTINUE READING
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