Nitric oxide involvement in Hydra vulgaris very primitive olfactory-like system.

@article{Colasanti1997NitricOI,
  title={Nitric oxide involvement in Hydra vulgaris very primitive olfactory-like system.},
  author={Marco Colasanti and Giorgio Venturini and Angelo Merante and Giovanni Musci and Giuliana Maria Lauro},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={1997},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          493-9
        }
}
Hydra feeding response is a very primitive olfactory-like behavior present in a multicellular organism. We investigated the role of nitric oxide (NO) in the induction and control of hydra feeding response. Under basal conditions, hydra specimens produce detectable amounts of nitrite (NO2-), the breakdown product of NO. When hydra were incubated with reduced glutathione (GSH), the typical activator of feeding response, an increase of basal NO production was observed. This effect was inhibited by… CONTINUE READING

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