Widespread losses of vomeronasal signal transduction in bats.

@article{Zhao2011WidespreadLO,
  title={Widespread losses of vomeronasal signal transduction in bats.},
  author={Huabin Zhao and Dong Xu and Shuyi Zhang and Jianzhi Zhang},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={
          7-12
        }
}
The vertebrate vomeronasal system (VNS) detects intraspecific pheromones and environmental odorants. We sequenced segments of the gene encoding Trpc2, an ion channel crucial for vomeronasal signal transduction, in 11 species that represent all main basal lineages of Yinpterochiroptera, one of the two suborders of the order Chiroptera (bats). Our sequences show that Trpc2 is a pseudogene in each of the 11 bats, suggesting that all yinpterochiropterans lack vomeronasal sensitivity. The Trpc2… CONTINUE READING
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