Therapeutic potential of ectopic olfactory and taste receptors

Sung-Joon Lee, Inge Depoortere, Hanns Hatt

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Abstract

Olfactory and taste receptors are expressed primarily in the nasal olfactory epithelium and gustatory taste bud cells, where they transmit real-time sensory signals to the brain. However, they are also expressed in multiple extra-nasal and extra-oral tissues, being implicated in diverse biological processes including sperm chemotaxis, muscle regeneration, bronchoconstriction and bronchodilatation, inflammation, appetite regulation and energy metabolism. Elucidation of the physiological roles of these ectopic receptors is revealing potential therapeutic and diagnostic applications in conditions including wounds, hair loss, asthma, obesity and cancers. This Review outlines current understanding of the diverse functions of ectopic olfactory and taste receptors and assesses their potential to be therapeutically exploited.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Reviews Drug Discovery
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Jan 1

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Odorant Receptors
Taste Buds
Biological Phenomena
Appetite Regulation
Olfactory Mucosa
Bronchoconstriction
Nasal Mucosa
Alopecia
Chemotaxis
Nose
Energy Metabolism
Spermatozoa
Regeneration
Asthma
Obesity
Inflammation
Muscles
Wounds and Injuries
Brain
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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Therapeutic potential of ectopic olfactory and taste receptors. / Lee, Sung-Joon; Depoortere, Inge; Hatt, Hanns.

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