Failure to implicate camp in transduction in lobster olfactory receptor cells

Timothy S. Mcclintock, Klemens Schütte, Barry W. Ache

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The possible role of adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) in olfactory transduction in the spiny lobster was investigated using radioimmunoassay of cAMP and intracellular recording. Application of forskolin or 1-isobutyl-3-methylxanthine increased cAMP levels in intact sensilla containing the chemoreceptive outer dendritic segments of the lobster olfactory receptor cell, thereby demonstrating adenylate cyclase and phosphodiesterase activity in the sensilla. A complex odor mixture and identified excitatory odor molecules failed to stimulate the production of cAMP, however In intracellular recordings, superfusion of the outer dendritic segments with forskolin, 1-isobutyl-3-methylxanthine and cyclic nucleotide analogs had no direct effect on odor-responsive cells. These compounds did cause infrequent enhancements (six of 42 cells) of odor-evoked receptor potentials, but processes other than transduction are the most likely causes of this effect. We conclude that cAMP-dependent transduction mechanisms are unlikely to mediate most odor responses in lobsters, in contrast to transduction mechanisms in amphibians and rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-827
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Senses
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr B.-A.Battelle and A.E.Wishart for technical advice and Drs W.E.S.Carr and H.G.Trapido-Rosenthal for helpful discussions and gifts of materials. M.L.Milstead and J.Netherton helped prepare the illustrations. Supported by NIMH Fellowship F31MH09495 and NSF Awards BNS 88-10261 and BNS 86-97513.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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