A molecular dissection of spatial patterning in the olfactory system

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1994 Aug;4(4):588-96. doi: 10.1016/0959-4388(94)90061-2.


The identification and cloning of genes encoding odorant receptors has provided molecular probes with which to examine the molecular mechanisms and organizational strategies underlying olfactory information processing. Recent studies using odorant receptor genes have revealed unexpected patterns of expression that provide new insights into how information may be organized in the nose and in the axonal projection from the nose to the brain.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Olfactory Mucosa / innervation
  • Olfactory Mucosa / physiology
  • Olfactory Pathways / physiology*
  • Olfactory Pathways / ultrastructure
  • Receptors, Odorant / genetics
  • Receptors, Odorant / physiology*
  • Smell / genetics
  • Smell / physiology*


  • Receptors, Odorant