Ontogeny of the Secretory Elements in the Vertebrate Olfactory Mucosa

  • M. L. Getchell
  • B. Zielinski
  • T. V. Getchell


The olfactory mucosa of vertebrates contains secretory elements that produce a layer of mucus that covers the surface of the olfactory epithelium (Graziadei 1971; Yamamoto 1982). The secretions presumably play a role in olfactory function by (a) providing the ionic and macromolecular environment in which odorants interact with their receptor sites on the olfactory receptor neurons (Bannister 1974; TV Cetchell and ML Getchell 1977), (b) affecting access of odorants to the epithelial surface (Mozell 1971; Bostock 1974) and (c) facilitating odorant removal (Hornung and Mozell 1981; TV Getchell et al. 1985).


Goblet Cell Olfactory Epithelium Sensory Epithelium Olfactory Receptor Neuron Olfactory Mucosa 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Getchell
    • 1
  • B. Zielinski
    • 1
  • T. V. Getchell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyWayne State University School of MedicineDetroitUSA

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