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A model for odour thresholds.

Abraham, MH; Gola, JM; Cometto-Muniz, JE; Cain, WS; (2002) A model for odour thresholds. Chem Senses , 27 (2) pp. 95-104.

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Odour detection thresholds, that we have previously obtained, have been analysed by a general equation for selective transport. It is shown that such selective transport can account for some 77% of the total effect. The remainder is due to a specific size effect, that might involve odour-binding proteins, and a specific effect for aldehydes and carboxylic acids. Our analysis raises the question of whether selective transport is physically separable from the specific effects of receptor activation. The model predicts a chemical cut-off in odour detection along any homologous series.

Type: Article
Title: A model for odour thresholds.
Location: England
Keywords: Aldehydes, Animals, Carboxylic Acids, Models, Chemical, Models, Theoretical, Odors, Sensory Thresholds, Swine, Temperature
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Chemistry
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/27730
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