The encapsulation of odorants by the synthetic receptor cucurbituril (CB) reduces the response of olfactory receptors in Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) in vivo. For example, the olfactory receptor response to the odorant adamantan-1-amine, as measured by electro-olfactography, was suppressed by 92% in the presence of CB. A reduction in olfactory response of 88% was observed for pentane-1,5-diamine (cadaverine), an odorant associated with carrion avoidance in some fish. The results reveal how the association constants and the concentrations of natural and synthetic receptors play a determinant role and show that synthetic receptors can be used to remove bioactive molecules from fish olfaction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine