An amino-acid taste receptor

  title={An amino-acid taste receptor},
  author={G. Nelson and J. Chandrashekar and Mark A. Hoon and L. Feng and Grace Zhao and N. Ryba and C. Zuker},
  • G. Nelson, J. Chandrashekar, +4 authors C. Zuker
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The sense of taste provides animals with valuable information about the nature and quality of food. Mammals can recognize and respond to a diverse repertoire of chemical entities, including sugars, salts, acids and a wide range of toxic substances. Several amino acids taste sweet or delicious (umami) to humans, and are attractive to rodents and other animals. This is noteworthy because l-amino acids function as the building blocks of proteins, as biosynthetic precursors of many biologically… CONTINUE READING
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