Why do taste cells generate action potentials?
Department of Otolaryngology and Rocky Mountain Taste and Smell Center, 12700 E. 19th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045, USA
Journal of Biology 2009, 8:42 doi:10.1186/jbiol138Published: 28 April 2009
Taste cells regularly generate action potentials, but their functional significance in taste signaling is unclear. A paper in BMC Neuroscience reveals the identity of the voltage-gated Na+ channels underlying action potentials, providing the foundation for insights into their function.