Mutual influences between the main olfactory and vomeronasal systems in development and evolution

Suarez, Rodrigo, Garcia-Gonzalez, Diego and de Castro, Fernando (2012) Mutual influences between the main olfactory and vomeronasal systems in development and evolution. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 6 NOV: . doi:10.3389/fnana.2012.00050


Author Suarez, Rodrigo
Garcia-Gonzalez, Diego
de Castro, Fernando
Title Mutual influences between the main olfactory and vomeronasal systems in development and evolution
Journal name Frontiers in Neuroanatomy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1662-5129
Publication date 2012-12-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3389/fnana.2012.00050
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue NOV
Total pages 14
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The sense of smell plays a crucial role in the sensory world of animals. Two chemosensory systems have been traditionally thought to play independent roles in mammalian olfaction. According to this, the main olfactory system specialises in the detection of environmental odorants, while the vomeronasal system senses pheromones and semiochemicals produced by individuals of the same or different species. Although both systems differ in their anatomy and function, recent evidence suggests they act synergistically in the perception of scents. These interactions include similar responses to some ligands, overlap of telencephalic connections and mutual influences in the regulation of olfactory-guided behaviour. In the present work, we propose the idea that the relationships between systems observed at the organismic level result from a constant interaction during development and reflects a common history of ecological adaptations in evolution. We review the literature to illustrate examples of developmental and evolutionary processes that evidence these interactions and propose that future research integrating both systems may shed new light on the mechanisms of olfaction
Keyword Odorant
Pheromone
Neuroethology
Neurogenesis
Axon Guidance
Cell migration
Cerebral cortex
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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