Differential expression of alpha-gustducin in taste bud populations of the rat and hamster.

@article{Boughter1997DifferentialEO,
  title={Differential expression of alpha-gustducin in taste bud populations of the rat and hamster.},
  author={John D. Boughter and David W Pumplin and Chunxiu Yu and R C Christy and David V. Smith},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={1997},
  volume={17 8},
  pages={2852-8}
}
The G-protein subunit alpha-gustducin, which is similar to rod transducin, has been implicated in the transduction of both sweet- and bitter-tasting substances. In rodents, there are differences in sensitivity to sweet and bitter stimuli in different populations of taste buds. Rat fungiform taste buds are more responsive to salts than to sweet stimuli, whereas those on the palate respond predominantly to sweet substances. In contrast, hamster fungiform taste buds are more sensitive to sweet… CONTINUE READING

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