Non-Olfactory Organs May Have Odorant Receptors
If you think that only nose in a human body is having sense of smell then you need to read on. Recently, a research has been carried out by a group of researchers from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
Study researchers were of the view that not only nose, but other cells in the body like heart, blood and lungs are capable of smelling the odors. The research has been presented at the meeting of the American Chemical Society, which was organized at New Orleans.
Lead researcher Peter Schieberle said that initially, it was considered that only nose has the power of sensing smell. It was quite recent that they came to know about not only nose, but there is a probability that even heart, lungs and other non-olfactory organs have odorant receptors.
While explaining the working of nose, Schieberle said, "In the nose, these so-called receptors sense substances called odorants and translate them into an aroma that we interpret as pleasing or not pleasing in the brain".
Schieberle said that they have carried out an experiment in which they have placed an odorant compound at one side and blood cells on the other side. It was then found that the blood cells got attracted to the odor.
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