By Willem Takken, Bart G. J. Knols
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This linear organisation is also present in the olfactory system of the Anopheles larva, whereby based on the Olfaction in vector-host interactions 31 Jonathan D. Bohbot, Tan Lu and Laurence J. Zwiebel expression of AgOr7, only twelve ORNs project their dendrites into the sensory cone of Anopheles (Xia et al. 2008) matching the number of conventional AgOrs identified by RT-PCR. In Aedes, the situation may be different as the Or/ORN ratio is close to two (Bohbot et al. 2007). Concluding remarks Our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying olfactory signal transduction in vector mosquitoes has dramatically improved.
In An. gambiae conventional AgORs are co-expressed in ORNs with a highly conserved OR gene, AgOR7, and form a heterodimer (Pitts et al. 2004). Recent studies suggest that insect ORs respond to odour ligands along two distinct pathways (Sato et al. 2008, Wicher et al. 2008). Firstly, insect OR heterodimers function as a ligand-gated ion channel. Secondly, the OR heterodimers also follow a metabotropic pathway by forming a non-selective cation channel activated by cyclic nucleotides and odorant-sensing units.
PNAS 105 (36): 13598-13603. Takken W, Dekker T and Wijnholds YG (1997) Odor-mediated flight behavior of Anopheles gambiae Giles sensu stricto and A-stephensi Liston in response to CO2, acetone, and 1-octen-3-ol (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior 10: 395-407. Takken W and Knols BG (1999) Odor-mediated behavior of Afrotropical malaria mosquitoes. Annu Rev Entomol 44: 131-157. Vogt RG (2002) Odorant binding protein homologues of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae; possible orthologues of the OS-E and OS-F OBPs OF Drosophila melanogaster.