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Olfactory neuron biopsies in dogs: a feasibility pilot study

By K. L. Overall, S. E. Arnold

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Abstract

Olfactory neurons obtained through nasal biopsy were characterized. Using standard immunohistochemical techniques, nascent, developing, and mature neurons were identified in the tissues obtained. This technique shows that aspects of canine olfactory function may be potentially assessed using a relatively simple and minimally invasive biopsy technique. Such samples provide direct access to neuronal tissue that is otherwise difficult to obtain and assess in living animals. This technique may have potential value to those interested in assessing olfactory abilities in dogs.

Date 2007
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 105
Issue 4
Pages 351-357
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2006.11.011
Language English
Author Address Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Psychiatry Department, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-7051, USA. overallk@mail.med.upenn.edu
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  1. Animal anatomy
  2. Carnivores
  3. Dogs
  4. Mammals
  5. morphology
  6. nerve cells
  7. neurons
  8. odors
  9. olfaction
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. Techniques
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