Graduation Year

2012

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2012 10:00 AM

Description

The goal of this project is to elucidate the mechanism by which taste signals are transduced within taste buds using an electrochemical technique known as amperometry. The sense of taste is important for animals because it allows animals to recognize food, derive pleasure from food, and to detect food that may be unsafe to eat. The neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine are released from taste cells in response to taste stimuli. Amperometry has been used to detect the release of these neurotransmitters from taste buds. This technique has been used to identify and characterize the taste responses to sour and fatty tastants.

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Amperometric Detection of Neurotransmitter Release from Taste Buds in Response to Sour and Fatty Tastants

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

The goal of this project is to elucidate the mechanism by which taste signals are transduced within taste buds using an electrochemical technique known as amperometry. The sense of taste is important for animals because it allows animals to recognize food, derive pleasure from food, and to detect food that may be unsafe to eat. The neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine are released from taste cells in response to taste stimuli. Amperometry has been used to detect the release of these neurotransmitters from taste buds. This technique has been used to identify and characterize the taste responses to sour and fatty tastants.