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Title: Influence of temperature on taste perception
Authors: Talavera PĂ©rez, Karel ×
Ninomiya, Y
Winkel, C
Voets, Thomas
Nilius, Bernd #
Issue Date: Feb-2007
Publisher: Birkhauser verlag ag
Series Title: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences vol:64 issue:4 pages:377-381
Abstract: Daily experience tells us that temperature has a strong influence on how we taste. Despite the longstanding interest of many specialists in this aspect of taste, we are only starting to understand the Molecular mechanisins underlying the temperature dependence of different taste modalities. Recent research has led to the identification of some strong thermosensitive molecules in the taste transduction pathway. The cold activation of the epithelial Na+ channel and the heat activation of the taste variant of the vanilloid receptor (TRPV1t) may underlie the temperature dependence of salt responses. Heat activation of the transient receptor potential channel TRPM5 explains the enhancement of sweet taste perception by warm temperatures. Current development of methods to study taste cell physiology will help to determine the contribution of other temperature-sensitive events in the taste transduction pathways. Vice versa, the analysis of the thermodynamic properties of these events may assist to unveil the nature of several taste processes.
ISSN: 1420-682X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physiology Section (-)
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine - miscellaneous
Laboratory of Ion Channel Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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