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Taste receptor cells are modified epithelial cells.
microvilli of receptor cells
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The sense of taste is mediated by taste receptor cellswhich are bundled in clusters called taste buds.Taste receptor cells sample oral concentrations of a large number of small molecules and report a sensation of taste to centers in the brainstem.Taste buds are composed of groups of between 50 and 150 columnar taste receptor cells bundled together like a cluster of bananas. The taste receptor cells within a bud are arranged such that their tips form a small taste pore, and through this pore extend microvilli from the taste cells. The microvilli of the taste cells bear taste receptors. Interwoven among the taste cells in a taste bud is a network of dendrites of sensory nerves called "taste nerves". When taste cells are stimulated by binding of chemicals to their receptors, they depolarize and this depolarization is transmitted to the taste nerve fibers resulting in an action potential that is ultimately transmitted to the brain.
gustatorx receptor cell is a part of the taste bud,which recepts the taste.
Taste buds are small organ located on the tongue Taste receptor cells, with which incoming chemicals from food and other sources interact, occur on the tongue in groups of 50-150. Each of these groups forms a taste bud, which is grouped together with other taste buds into taste papillae. The taste buds are embedded in the epithelium of the tongue and make contact with the outside environment through a taste pore. Slender processes (microvilli) extend from the outer ends of the receptor cells through the taste pore, where the processes are covered by the mucus that lines the oral cavity. At their inner ends the taste receptor cells synapse, or connect, with afferent sensory neurons, nerve cells that conduct information to the brain. Each receptor cell synapses with several afferent sensory neurons, and each afferent neuron branches to several taste papillae, where each branch makes contact with many receptor cells. The afferent sensory neurons occur in three different nerves running to the brain-the facial nerve, the glossopharyngeal nerve, and the vagus nerve. Taste receptor cells of vertebrates are continually renewed throughout the life of the organism. On average, the human tongue has 2,000-8,000 taste buds, implying that there are hundreds of thousands of receptor cells. However, the number of taste buds varies widely. For example, per square centimetre on the tip of the tongue, some people may have only a few individual taste buds, whereas others may have more than one thousand; this variability contributes to differences in the taste sensations experienced by different people. Taste sensations produced within an individual taste bud also vary, since each taste bud typically contains receptor cells that respond to distinct chemical stimuli-as opposed to the same chemical stimulus. As a result, the sensation of different tastes (i.e., salty, sweet, sour, bitter, or umami) is diverse not only within a single taste bud but also throughout the surface of the tongue. The taste receptor cells of other animals can often be characterized in ways similar to those of humans, because all animals have the same basic needs in selecting food.
Taste cells are more appropriately called taste organs (or gustatory organs) which are commonly referred to as taste buds. They respond to four different tastes that are found in food: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.
A taste receptor
gustatory sense is also known as the taste sense.
The pathway of taste starts with taste buds located on the tongue and other parts of the mouth. These taste buds contain taste receptor cells that detect different taste qualities (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami). When these receptor cells are stimulated, they send signals to the brain via the gustatory pathway, which involves cranial nerves and taste processing areas in the brain, allowing us to perceive taste.
the sense of taste begins with the taste buds on the tongue and othere receptor cells are found on the throat