The role of neurogenesis in olfaction-dependent behaviors

Behav Brain Res. 2012 Feb 14;227(2):459-63. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.04.038. Epub 2011 May 3.


Newly born neurons continuously migrate into the main and accessory olfactory bulbs and modulate the output of projection neurons. Despite some contradictory results, it is becoming clear that these newly born neurons play an important role in the response to some odorant cues. In this minireview, we discuss the recent findings surrounding the functional significance of adult neurogenesis in olfaction-dependent behaviors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Neural Stem Cells / physiology
  • Neurogenesis / physiology*
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Odorants
  • Olfactory Bulb / physiology*
  • Olfactory Pathways / physiology*
  • Smell / physiology*