Drosophila taste decoding

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[Jigok Lecture Series]

▶Subject: Drosophila taste decoding

▶Speaker: Prof. Seok Jun Moon (Department of Oral Biology, Yonsei University College of Dentistry)

▶Date: 4:30PM/June. 30(Thu.)/2016

▶Place: Auditorium(1F), Postech Biotech Center

Feeding is one of the most important animal behaviors. Taste is a major player in the regulation of feeding behavior, which allows animals to discriminate nutritious foods from toxic substances in their natural environment. In actual life, food contains multiple compounds rather than pure chemical. Thus, taste receptor cells for different taste modalities are activated at the same time. In addition, a variety of sensory information such as olfaction, texture, and temperature is also involved in the identification and evaluation of the food.

Over the last few decades, there has been much progress in our understanding how animals can taste single taste modality in peripheral and central levels. However, relatively little is known about how taste perception changes when multiple taste stimuli are present together or when taste is combined with other sensory modalities.

Drosophila taste a diversity of molecules which mediate stereotypical behaviors by activating taste receptor cells. Combination with the molecular, genetic, calcium imaging and electrophysiological approaches available in Drosophila offers an ideal opportunity to study these interactions in taste. I will discuss how taste-taste interactions and taste-mechanosensory interactions change animal feeding behavior.

▶Inquiry: Prof. Lee, Seung-Jae (279-2351)
* This seminar will be given in English.
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