Acta Entomologica Sinica ›› 2008, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (7): 761-768.

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Advances in the studies of insect olfactory receptors

GONG Zhong-Jun   

  • Online:2008-07-20 Published:2008-07-20

Abstract: The olfaction has many important effects on insect behaviorincluding habitat choosingfood huntinggatheringtropismreproductionsignal communicationetc. In order to control the pest more efficientlyit is necessary to explore and understand the mechanism and signal transduction pathway of insect olfaction. Olfactory receptor (OR)as a kind of G protein-coupled receptorsis a key component of the olfactory system. In recent yearsmore attention is being paid toOR. In this mini-review articlewe summarized the process of insect olfactionthe structure and expression regulation of receptor genesthe molecular structurefunction and distribution of receptor proteinsand the study of some related ligands.

Key words: Olfactory receptor, insect olfaction, G protein-coupled receptor, olfactory neuron, odorant, ligand