Scientific article

Coding in the mammalian gustatory system

Published inTrends in neurosciences, vol. 33, no. 7, p. 326-334
Publication date2010

To understand gustatory physiology and associated dysfunctions it is important to know how oral taste stimuli are encoded both in the periphery and in taste-related brain centres. The identification of distinct taste receptors, together with electrophysiological recordings and behavioral assessments in response to taste stimuli, suggest that information about distinct taste modalities (e.g. sweet versus bitter) are transmitted from the periphery to the brain via segregated pathways. By contrast, gustatory neurons throughout the brain are more broadly tuned, indicating that ensembles of neurons encode taste qualities. Recent evidence reviewed here suggests that the coding of gustatory stimuli is not immutable, but is dependant on a variety of factors including appetite-regulating molecules and associative learning.

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CARLETON, Alan, ACCOLLA, R., SIMON, S. A. Coding in the mammalian gustatory system. In: Trends in neurosciences, 2010, vol. 33, n° 7, p. 326–334. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2010.04.002
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