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1 February 2008 Localization of G Protein Alpha Subunits and Morphology of Receptor Neurons in Olfactory and Vomeronasal Epithelia in Reeve's Turtle, Geoclemys reevesii
Yoshihiro Wakabayashi, Masumi Ichikawa
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Abstract

Most vertebrates have two nasal epithelia: the olfactory epithelium (OE) and the vomeronasal epithelium (VNE). The apical surfaces of OE and VNE are covered with cilia and microvilli, respectively. In rodents, signal transduction pathways involve Gαolf and Gαi2/Gαo in OE and VNE, respectively. Reeve's turtles (Geoclemys reevesii) live in a semiaquatic environment. The aim of this study was to investigate the localization of G proteins and the morphological characteristics of OE and VNE in Reeve's turtle. In-situ hybridization analysis revealed that both olf and o are expressed in olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) and vomeronasal receptor neurons (VRNs). Immunocytochemistry of Gαolf/s and Gαo revealed that these two G proteins were located at the apical surface, cell bodies, and axon bundles in ORNs and VRNs. Electron microscopic analysis revealed that ORNs had both cilia and microvilli on the apical surface of the same neuron, whereas VRNs had only microvilli. Moreover Gαolf/s was located on only the cilia of OE, whereas Gαo was not located on cilia but on microvilli. Both Gαolf/s and Gαo were located on microvilli of VNE. These results imply that, in Reeve's turtle, both Gαolf/s and Gαo function as signal transduction molecules for chemoreception in ORNs and VRNs.

Yoshihiro Wakabayashi and Masumi Ichikawa "Localization of G Protein Alpha Subunits and Morphology of Receptor Neurons in Olfactory and Vomeronasal Epithelia in Reeve's Turtle, Geoclemys reevesii," Zoological Science 25(2), 178-187, (1 February 2008). https://doi.org/10.2108/zsj.25.178
Received: 20 July 2007; Accepted: 1 September 2007; Published: 1 February 2008
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cilia
microvilli
olfaction
pheromone
vomeronasal organ
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