Local and global chemotopic organization: general features of the glomerular representations of aliphatic odorants differing in carbon number.


To determine whether there is a general strategy used by the olfactory system to represent odorants differing in carbon chain length, rats were exposed to homologous series of straight-chained, saturated aliphatic aldehydes, ethyl esters, acetates, ketones, primary alcohols, and secondary alcohols (32 odorants total). Neural activity across the entire… (More)