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Post by opuntia » Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:43 am

Today, as i was going through a book called " All about science", and in the chapter about " Tongue " it says that the taste buds are composed of a number of thin, long cells with a tiny hair :shock: at the end.
And i was wondering about the function of that teeny tiny hair.


Looking forward for a way of satisfying my curiosity,:lol:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:35 am

Those thin, long cells are taste (bud) cells, and those tiny hairs on the apex of receptor cells are commonly called as microvilli. These microvilli bear taste receptors. These receptors are transmembrane proteins which bind to the molecules and ions that give rise to the five taste sensations.

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Post by opuntia » Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:37 am

Dr. thank you so much, that's very nice of you to explain all those things...adn silly of me not to know taht the hair is microvilli :evil:
oh, yes! now i can sleep for a hundred years until my curiosity decides to wake up again :wink:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:23 am

Happy hibernation, my dear opuntia :lol:
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Post by opuntia » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:28 am

Thank you Dr. I would :wink:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:31 am

Naah, it means that you would leave this forum for several time :( Please stay ;)
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Post by opuntia » Thu Jan 19, 2006 10:47 am

Ok, i will be around but i'll let my curiosity get some sleep, happy, Dr.? :wink:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Fri Jan 20, 2006 3:45 am

Hehe :D But I hope your curiosity's sleep is not so soundly, it can get up anytime and throw questions. After all it can get back to sleep again :lol: You know, we are hungry of questions! :)
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Post by opuntia » Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:38 am

Dr. Stein, if you go on saying such things, i might post all my past paper questions here....surely you would be in short of questions then! :lol:
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Post by Dr.Stein » Tue Jan 24, 2006 7:06 am

Ohh :shock:

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