DoOR 2.0--Comprehensive Mapping of Drosophila melanogaster Odorant Responses

Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 25:6:21841. doi: 10.1038/srep21841.


Odors elicit complex patterns of activated olfactory sensory neurons. Knowing the complete olfactome, i.e. the responses in all sensory neurons for all relevant odorants, is desirable to understand olfactory coding. The DoOR project combines all available Drosophila odorant response data into a single consensus response matrix. Since its first release many studies were published: receptors were deorphanized and several response profiles were expanded. In this study, we add unpublished data to the odor-response profiles for four odorant receptors (Or10a, Or42b, Or47b, Or56a). We deorphanize Or69a, showing a broad response spectrum with the best ligands including 3-hydroxyhexanoate, alpha-terpineol, 3-octanol and linalool. We include all of these datasets into DoOR, provide a comprehensive update of both code and data, and new tools for data analyses and visualizations. The DoOR project has a web interface for quick queries (, and a downloadable, open source toolbox written in R, including all processed and original datasets. DoOR now gives reliable odorant-responses for nearly all Drosophila olfactory responding units, listing 693 odorants, for a total of 7381 data points.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acyclic Monoterpenes
  • Algorithms
  • Animals
  • Arthropod Antennae / anatomy & histology
  • Arthropod Antennae / physiology
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Caproates / analysis
  • Caproates / metabolism
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Cyclohexane Monoterpenes
  • Cyclohexenes / analysis
  • Cyclohexenes / metabolism
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Drosophila Proteins / chemistry
  • Drosophila Proteins / metabolism*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Ligands
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Monoterpenes / analysis
  • Monoterpenes / metabolism
  • Odorants / analysis
  • Olfactory Receptor Neurons / physiology
  • Protein Interaction Mapping / methods*
  • Receptors, Odorant / chemistry
  • Receptors, Odorant / metabolism*


  • Acyclic Monoterpenes
  • Caproates
  • Cyclohexane Monoterpenes
  • Cyclohexenes
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Ligands
  • Monoterpenes
  • Receptors, Odorant
  • 3-hydroxyhexanoic acid
  • alpha-terpineol
  • linalool
  • Calcium