About this Research Topic
Chemoreceptors are proteins or protein complexes that detect volatile molecules (olfaction) or molecules in solution (gustation). Chemoreceptors can operate as ionotropic or as metabotropic receptors. Ionotropic receptors form ion channels that are activated via ligand binding. Activation of a metabotropic receptor initiates an intracellular signaling cascade that could include a change of enzymatic activity, production of second messenger or activation of ion channels. The receptor performance has to be fine-tuned according to the actual physio-logical requirements and the presentation of the chemical signal
This Research Topic will collect reports and reviews on the structure and function of chemoreceptors in the animal kingdom, and how these receptors are regulated.
Keywords: chemoreception, receptors, channels, signal transduction, modulation
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