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The receptors and cells for mammalian taste.

The emerging picture of taste coding at the periphery is one of elegant simplicity. Contrary to what was generally believed, it is now clear that distinct cell types expressing unique receptors are tuned to detect each of the five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. Importantly, receptor cells for each taste quality function as dedicated sensors wired to elicit stereotypic responses.

Pubmed ID: 17108952


  • Chandrashekar J
  • Hoon MA
  • Ryba NJ
  • Zuker CS



Publication Data

November 16, 2006

Associated Grants

  • Agency: Intramural NIH HHS, Id:

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Signal Transduction
  • Taste
  • Taste Buds