(1/207) Modification of behavioral and neural taste responses to NaCl in C57BL/6 mice: effects of NaCl exposure and DOCA treatment.

To investigate the possible role of peripheral gustatory responsiveness to changes in NaCl acceptance, we studied NaCl consumption and the chorda tympani nerve responses to lingual application of NaCl in C57BL/6ByJ mice. The mice were treated with 300 mM NaCl (given to drink in 96-h two-bottle tests with water) or with injections of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA; 33 mg/kg daily). Naive mice were neutral to 75 mM NaCl, but mice previously exposed to 300 mM NaCl avoided 75 mM NaCl. The NaCl-exposed (300 mM for 4 days and 75 mM for 2 days) mice had enhanced amiloride-sensitive components of the chorda tympani responses to 10-30 mM NaCl applied at room temperature (24 degrees C). DOCA injections increased acceptance of 300 mM NaCl, but did not change the chorda tympani responses to 100-1000 mM NaCl. However, the DOCA-treated mice had enhanced amiloride-sensitive components of the chorda tympani responses to cold (12 degrees C) 10-30 mM NaCl. These data suggest that peripheral gustatory responsiveness possibly contributes to the NaCl aversion induced by exposure to concentrated NaCl, but not to the DOCA-induced increase of NaCl acceptance.  (+info)

(2/207) Glossopharyngeal nerve transection eliminates quinine-stimulated fos-like immunoreactivity in the nucleus of the solitary tract: implications for a functional topography of gustatory nerve input in rats.

The relationship between specific gustatory nerve activity and central patterns of taste-evoked neuronal activation is poorly understood. To address this issue within the first central synaptic relay in the gustatory system, we examined the distribution of neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NST) activated by the intraoral infusion of quinine using Fos immunohistochemistry in rats with bilateral transection of the chorda tympani (CTX), bilateral transection of the glossopharyngeal nerve (GLX), or combined neurotomy (DBLX). Compared with nonstimulated and water-stimulated controls, quinine evoked significantly more Fos-like-immunoreactive (FLI) neurons across the rostrocaudal extent of the gustatory NST (gNST), especially within its dorsomedial portion (subfield 5). Although the somatosensory aspects of fluid stimulation contributed to the observed increase in FLI neurons, the elevated number and spatial distribution of FLI neurons in response to quinine were remarkably distinguishable from those in response to water. GLX and DBLX produced a dramatic attenuation of quinine-evoked FLI neurons and a shift in their spatial distribution such that their number and pattern were indiscernable from those observed in water-stimulated controls. Although CTX had no effect on the number of quinine-evoked FLI neurons within subfield 5 at intermediate levels of the gNST, it produced intermediate effects elsewhere; yet, the spatial distribution of the quinine-evoked FLI neurons was not altered by CTX. These findings suggest that the GL provides input to all FLI neurons responsive to quinine, however, some degree of convergence with CT input apparently occurs in this subpopulation of neurons. Although the role of these FLI neurons in taste-guided behavioral responses to quinine remains speculative, their possible function in oromotor reflex control is considered.  (+info)

(3/207) Taste qualities of solutions preferred by hamsters.

Molecules of diverse chemical structure are sweet to humans and several lines of evidence (genetic, physiological, behavioral) suggest that there may be distinct sweet perceptual qualities. To address how many perceptual categories these molecules elicit in hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus), we studied patterns of generalization of conditioned taste aversions for seven sweeteners: 100 mM sucrose, 320 mM maltose, 32 mM D-phenylalanine, 3.2 mM sodium saccharin, 16 mM calcium cyclamate, 10 mM dulcin and 32 mM sodium m-nitrobenzene sulfonate. Each stimulus was preferred versus water in two-bottle intake tests and stimulated the chorda tympani nerve. For each of seven experimental groups the conditional stimulus (CS) was a sweetener and for the control group the CS was water. Apomorphine.HCl was injected i.p. after a CS was sampled and, after recovery, test stimuli (TS) were presented for 1 h daily. The intake (ml) of each TS consumed by experimental animals was compared with mean TS intake by the control group. Learned aversions for 18/21 stimulus pairs cross-generalized, resulting in a single cluster of generalization patterns for the seven stimuli. Cross-generalization failures (maltose-cyclamate, maltose-sucrose, cyclamate-NaNBS) may be the consequence of particular stimulus features (e.g. salience, cation taste), rather than the absence of a 'sucrose-like' quality. The results are consistent with a single hamster perceptual quality for a diverse set of chemical structures that are sweet to humans.  (+info)

(4/207) The distribution of the chorda tympani in the middle ear area in man and two other primates.

A serial section study of the distribution of the chorda tympani in the middle ear area was carried out in man, baboon and monkey. The tissues innervated by the chorda tympani could be related to a branchiomeric pattern. The early branches distributed post-trematic facial nerve fibres to hyoid arch tissues, where they were joined by elements from glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves. The rest of the distribution was to structures derived from mandibular arch tissue where branches of the auriculotemporal nerve were also present. Contributions to perivascular plexuses were noted as well as a connexion with the otic ganglion.  (+info)

(5/207) Amiloride-sensitive sodium signals and salt appetite: multiple gustatory pathways.

In the rat, the ionic specificity of Na+ appetite is thought to rely on amiloride-sensitive Na+ signals conveyed by the chorda tympani (CT) nerve. We evaluated whether robust Na+ appetite relies exclusively on CT-mediated amiloride-sensitive Na+ signals. Amiloride dramatically reduced sham drinking of NaCl (41.9 +/- 9.0 vs. 6.9 +/- 3.7 ml, 0.1 M NaCl without vs. with 100 microM amiloride), which resulted in intake that was not different from intake of a non-Na+ salt solution (8.8 +/- 2.3 ml, 0.15 M KCl). In addition, intake of 0.1 M NaCl in CT-transected (CTX) rats was reduced (35.8 +/- 13.3 vs. 8.67 +/- 3.4 ml, sham-operated vs. CTX rats), but the addition of amiloride (100 microM) further reduced intake in CTX rats (0.5 +/- 0.29 ml). These data support the idea that amiloride-sensitive Na+ channels are the critical gustatory substrate for Na+ identification during Na+ appetite in the rat. However, the data indicate that these amiloride-sensitive signals are not conveyed exclusively by the CT nerve but by an additional afferent pathway.  (+info)

(6/207) Sweet taste responses of mouse chorda tympani neurons: existence of gurmarin-sensitive and -insensitive receptor components.

Inhibitory effects of gurmarin (gur) on responses to sucrose and other sweeteners of single fibers of the chorda tympani nerve in C57BL mice were examined. Of 30 single fibers that strongly responded to 0. 5 M sucrose but were not or to lesser extent responsive to 0.1 M NaCl, 0.01 M HCl, and 0.02 M quinine HCl (sucrose-best fibers), 16 fibers showed large suppression of responses to sucrose and other sweeteners by lingual treatment with 4.8 microM (approximately 20 microg/ml) gur (suppressed to 4-52% of control: gur-sensitive fibers), whereas the remaining 14 fibers showed no such gur inhibition (77-106% of control: gur-insensitive fibers). In gur-sensitive fibers, responses to sucrose inhibited by gur recovered to approximately 70% of control responses after rinsing the tongue with 15 mM beta-cyclodextrin and were almost abolished by further treatment with 2% pronase. In gur-insensitive fibers, sucrose responses were not inhibited by gur, but were largely suppressed by pronase. These results suggest existence of two different receptor components for sweeteners with different susceptibilities to gur in mouse taste cells, one gur sensitive and the other gur insensitive. Taste cells possessing each component may be specifically innervated by a particular type of chorda tympani neurons.  (+info)

(7/207) Responses of single taste fibers and whole chorda tympani and glossopharyngeal nerve in the domestic pig, Sus scrofa.

Whole nerve, as well as single fiber, responses in the chorda tympani proper (CT) and glossopharyngeal (NG) nerves of 1- to 7-week-old pigs were recorded during taste stimulation. In the CT acids and in the NG bitter compounds gave the largest responses. Both nerves exhibited large responses to monosodium glutamate (MSG), MSG with guanosine 5'-monophosphate (GMP) and MSG with inositine 5'-monophosphate (IMP) as well as to glycine, xylitol, sucrose, fructose and glucose. Alitame, aspartame, betaine, neohesperedin dihydrochalcone (NHDHC), super-aspartame, saccharin and thaumatin elicited no or little response. Hierarchical cluster analysis of 49 CT fibers separated four major clusters. The M cluster, comprising 28.5% of all fibers, is characterized by strong responses to MSG, KCl, LiCl and NaCl. The responses to NaCl and LiCl were unaffected by amiloride. The H cluster (24.5%) includes units responding principally to acids. The Q cluster (18.5%) responds to quinine hydrochloride (QHCl), sucrose octaacetate (SOA) and salts with amiloride. The S cluster (28.5%) exhibits strong responses to xylitol, glycine and the carbohydrates as well as to MSG alone and to MSG with GMP or IMP. In 31 NG fibers, hierarchical cluster analysis revealed four clusters: the M cluster (10%), responding to MSG and MSG with GMP or IMP; the H cluster (13%), responding to acids; the Q cluster (29%), responding strongly to QHCl, SOA and tilmicosinR; and the S cluster (48%), responding best to xylitol, carbohydrates and glycine but also to the umami compounds. Multidimensional scaling analysis across fiber responses to all stimuli showed the best separation between compounds with different taste qualities when information from both nerves was utilized.  (+info)

(8/207) Recovery of functional response in the nucleus of the solitary tract after peripheral gustatory nerve crush and regeneration.

Single-unit recording and transganglionic tracing techniques were used to assess the properties of, and inputs to, neurons within the rostral nucleus of the solitary tract (NST) after peripheral gustatory nerve injury and regeneration in adult hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Tastant-evoked responses were recorded from 43 neurons in animals in which the ipsilateral chorda tympani (CT) nerve was crushed 8 wk earlier (experimental animals) and from 46 neurons in unlesioned control animals. The 89 neurons were separated into three functional clusters named according to the best stimulus for neurons in the cluster: S, sucrose; N, sodium acetate; and H, HCl or KCl. Stimulus-evoked spike rates across all stimuli were 35.4 +/- 4.4% lower in the experimental hamsters. The largest difference in evoked spike rates occurred for neurons in the H cluster, in which the response to KCl also was delayed relative to normal responses. The response of S-cluster units to sucrose and saccharin was also lower in the experimental animals. The mean response rate and the time course of response of neurons in the N cluster did not differ between the two groups. For each cluster, the spontaneous rates and mean response profiles across eight stimuli were very similar in the experimental and control animals, and the breadth of tuning hardly differed. In both groups, Na+ responses in the N cluster were amiloride sensitive, and responses to the water rinse after stimulation with HCl were common in the S cluster. At 8-20 wk after nerve crush, biotinylated dextran tracing of the CT nerve revealed that the regenerated CT fibers did not sprout outside the normal terminal zone in the NST, but the density of the central terminal fibers was 36.9 +/- 6.35% lower than normal. After CT nerve crush and regeneration, the overall reduction in taste-evoked spike rates in NST neurons is likely a consequence of this change in terminal fibers; this in turn likely results from the known reduction in CT fibers regenerating past the crush site. In the face of this reduction, the normal taste-evoked spike rate in N-cluster neurons requires explanation. The observed recovery of normal specificity could be mediated by a restoration of specific connections by primary afferent fibers peripherally and centrally or by central compensatory mechanisms.  (+info)