© 1974

Sensory Reception

Cytology, Molecular Mechanisms and Evolution


Part of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics book series (MOLECULAR, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 59-131
  3. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 132-169
  4. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 170-207
  5. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 208-271
  6. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 272-321
  7. Ya. A. Vinnikov
    Pages 322-335
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 336-393

About this book


This book presents a distillation of many years of investigation by the author and his associates on the problem of sensory reception. Both our own data and data from the scientific literature on the electron microscopy, cytochemistry, biochemistry and electrophysiology of the organs of vision, taste, smell, hearing and gravitation, are presented to show that the evolution of the sense organs of all animals on our planet is based on a receptor cell equipped with a motile antenna, a biological recorder of information concerning certain types of energy reaching the animal from the environment. The conversion or encoding of this energy into information is effected with the aid of special protein molecules positioned in the plasma membrane of the antennae. The action of the unit of energy of a stimulus on such a specific protein molecule causes a change of shape, and this is the basis of the trigger mechanism of reception, leading to the stimulation of the receptor cell and the transmission of the information encoded in this cell in the form of nerve impulses to the central nervous system. The present monograph summarizes over 30 years of working experience by the author and his associates in the field of evolution of sense organs. Material is used here from his earlier monographs: The Retina of the Eye Vertebrates, 1947, The Morphology of the Organ of Smell, 1957, The Organ of Corti: Its Histophy­ siology and Histochemistry, 1964, written jointly with L. K.


Evolution (Biol.) Rezeptor Sinnesorgan Sinnesphysiologie evolution physiology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and BiochemistryAcademy of Sciences of USSRLeningradRussia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sensory Reception
  • Book Subtitle Cytology, Molecular Mechanisms and Evolution
  • Authors Y.A. Vinnikov
  • Series Title Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-06674-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-80824-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-80822-7
  • Series ISSN 0077-0221
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 394
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evolutionary Biology
    Biomedicine, general
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