Journal article

Perireception in olfaction: Molecular mass sieving by aesthetasc sensillar cuticle determines odorant access to receptor sites in the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus

CD Derby, HS Cate, LR Gentilcore

Journal of Experimental Biology | COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 1997


The responsiveness of chemoreceptor neurons depends on a combination of perireceptor and receptor events. Olfactory neurons of crustaceans are packaged into distinctive cuticular sensilla called aesthetascs. The cuticle of aesthetascs is thin and permeable, even though it does not contain any obvious surface pores or pore tubules. This suggests that this 'spongy' aesthetasc cuticle may act as a molecular sieve that restricts large odorant molecules from entering the sensilla and binding to the olfactory neurons. We examined whether this is so for the aesthetasc cuticle of the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus. We used a chromatographic column packed with aesthetasc cuticle and connecte..

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