Persistence of taste buds in denervated fungiform papillae.

  title={Persistence of taste buds in denervated fungiform papillae.},
  author={Mark C. Whitehead and Marion E. Frank and Thomas P. Hettinger and L T Hou and H D Nah},
  journal={Brain research},
  volume={405 1},
Taste buds in hamster fungiform papillae persist in an atrophic state for as long as 330 days after chorda tympani denervation or 50 days after combined chorda tympani-lingual nerve resection. Although taste bud structure depends on innervation, there is no absolute neural requirement for taste bud survival.