The human vomeronasal system

  title={The human vomeronasal system},
  author={Luis Monti-Bloch and Clive L. D. Jennings-White and David Dolberg and David L. Berliner},

Electrical responses to chemosensory stimulation recorded from the vomeronasal duct and the respiratory epithelium in humans.

Controversies on the human vomeronasal system.

A review of the literature indicates that most of evidence for a functional human vomeronasal system has been p rovided by physiological studies conducted by a single re s e a rch group, and anatomical evidence does not support the existence of neural substrates for these physiological effects.

A Classification Schema for the Vomeronasal Organ in Humans

A phenotypic classification schema for the human vomeronasal organ is described and applied to 253 human subjects who underwent nasal examination and there is no evidence supporting involutional senescence of this structure.

The Risk of Extrapolation in Neuroanatomy: The Case of the Mammalian Vomeronasal System†

It is hypothesised that the vomeronasal system, considered for all mammalian species, could be a system undergoing involution or regression, and could serve as one more integrated olfactory subsystem.

The vomeronasal system

  • P. Brennan
  • Biology
    Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS
  • 2001
The vomeronasal system has a direct sub-neocortical projection to hypothalamic areas that mediates specific behavioural and hormonal responses to pheromonal stimuli, and the integration and transmission of this information can be modulated by learning mechanisms.

CaBPs and other immunohistochemical markers of the human vomeronasal system: A comparison with other mammals

This review will discuss immunohistochemical studies that have identified features in the mammalian VNS, and relate them to structural and IHC studies of the fetal and adult human VNS.

The vomeronasal organ and chemical sensitivity: a hypothesis.

The hypothesis that interactions between environmental chemicals and the vomeronasal organ (VNO) may play a role in the etiology of CS is advanced, and reported characteristics of the human VNO relevant to CS are discussed.



The organization and function of the vomeronasal system.

  • M. Halpern
  • Biology
    Annual review of neuroscience
  • 1987
The vomeronasal (VN) organ is a chemoreceptive structure situated at the base of the nasal septum of most terrestrial vertebrates and has different roles in the execution of several species-typical behaviors that depend on reception of chemo­ signals emitted by conspecifics or prey.

The vomeronasal (Jacobson's) organ in man: ultrastructure and frequency of occurence

Ultrastructure of the human vomeronasal organ

The vomeronasal organ of the cat.

Examination of series of transverse sections showed that the wall of the vomeronasal duct bears 44 different types of epithelium: simple columnar in the caudal part of the duct, respiratory and receptor respectively on the lateral and medial walls of the middle part ofThe duct, and stratified squamous rostrally.

Vomeromodulin, a putative pheromone transporter: cloning, characterization, and cellular localization of a novel glycoprotein of lateral nasal gland

Observations support the hypothesis that vomeromodulin participates in perireceptor events that facilitate the process of pheromone access and detection, and imply a transport function that may be related to the mechanisms by which phersomones of low volatility gain access to their receptors in the vomeronasal organ.

Vomeronasal epithelial cells of the adult human express neuron‐specific molecules

The results indicate that the adult human VNE contains cells expressing two molecular markers characteristic of neurons and that these cells bear a striking morphological similarity to ORNs.