Evolutionary origins of taste buds: phylogenetic analysis of purinergic neurotransmission in epithelial chemosensors

@inproceedings{Kirino2013EvolutionaryOO,
  title={Evolutionary origins of taste buds: phylogenetic analysis of purinergic neurotransmission in epithelial chemosensors},
  author={Masato Kirino and Jason A Parnes and Anne Sofie Hansen and Sadao Kiyohara and Thomas E Finger},
  booktitle={Open biology},
  year={2013}
}
Taste buds are gustatory endorgans which use an uncommon purinergic signalling system to transmit information to afferent gustatory nerve fibres. In mammals, ATP is a crucial neurotransmitter released by the taste cells to activate the afferent nerve fibres. Taste buds in mammals display a characteristic, highly specific ecto-ATPase (NTPDase2) activity… CONTINUE READING
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