Taste cells in adult mammals are functionally heterogeneous as to the expression of ion channels. How these adult phenotypes are established during postnatal development, however, is not yet clear. We have addressed this issue by studying voltage-gated K+ and Cl- currents (I-K and I-Cl, respectively) in developing taste cells of the mouse vallate papilla. I-K and I-Cl underlie action potential waveform and firing properties, and play an important role in taste transduction. By using the patch clamp technique, we analyzed these currents in a specific group of cells, called Na/OUT cells and thought to be sensory. In adult mice, three different electrophysiological phenotypes of Na/OUT cells could be detected: cells with I-K (K cells); cells with both I-K and I-Cl (K+Cl cells); and cells with I-Cl (Cl cells). In contrast, at early developmental stages (2-4 postnatal days, PD) there were no Cl cells, which appeared at PD 8. Our findings indicate a mechanism that contributes to building-up the functional heterogeneity of mammalian taste cells during the postnatal development.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Titolo:||Electrophysiological heterogeneity in a functional subset of mouse taste cells during postnatal development|
|Autori:||V. Ghiaroni; F. Fieni; P. Pietra; A. Bigiani|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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