Human olfactory neurons respond to odor stimuli with an increase in cytoplasmic Ca2+.

@article{Restrepo1993HumanON,
  title={Human olfactory neurons respond to odor stimuli with an increase in cytoplasmic Ca2+.},
  author={Diego Restrepo and Yasunobu Okada and John Teeter and Louis D. Lowry and Beverly J. Cowart and J. G. H. Van den Brand},
  journal={Biophysical journal},
  year={1993},
  volume={64 6},
  pages={1961-6}
}
The sense of smell allows terrestrial animals to collect information about the chemical nature of their environment through the detection of airborne molecules. In humans smell is believed to play an important role in protecting the organism from environmental hazards such as fire, gas leaks and spoiled food, in determining the flavor of foods, and perhaps in infant-parent bonding. In addition, the study of human olfaction is relevant to a number of medical problems that result in olfactory… CONTINUE READING

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