Taste bud homeostasis in health, disease, and aging.

@article{Feng2014TasteBH,
  title={Taste bud homeostasis in health, disease, and aging.},
  author={Pu Feng and Liquan Huang and Hong Wang},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  year={2014},
  volume={39 1},
  pages={3-16}
}
The mammalian taste bud is an onion-shaped epithelial structure with 50-100 tightly packed cells, including taste receptor cells, supporting cells, and basal cells. Taste receptor cells detect nutrients and toxins in the oral cavity and transmit the sensory information to gustatory nerve endings in the buds. Supporting cells may play a role in the clearance of excess neurotransmitters after their release from taste receptor cells. Basal cells are precursor cells that differentiate into mature… CONTINUE READING
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