Zonal distribution of sulfotransferase for phenol in olfactory sustentacular cells

Atsushi Miyawaki, Hiroshi Homma, Hiro Omi Tamura, Michio Matsui, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

52 Citations (Scopus)


We have immunolocalized phenol sulfotransferase (PST)G, an isoform of PST in sustentacular cells which reside in the dorso-medial portion of the nasal cavity of the mouse. The same topographical pattern of gene expression has been reported for some olfactory neuron-specific genes. When several established (phenol-containing) odorants were used as substrate, mouse nasal tissue cytosol showed a significant level of PST activity, as does mouse liver cytosol. This study is the first to demonstrate that gene expression in the olfactory sustentacular cells is also organized zonally, and indicates the involvement of sulfo-conjugation in olfactory perireceptor processes, such as odorant clearance and xenobiotic detoxification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2050-2055
Number of pages6
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996 May 1


  • Olfactory epithelium
  • Perireceptor processes
  • Phenol sulfotransferase
  • Sustentacular cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Zonal distribution of sulfotransferase for phenol in olfactory sustentacular cells'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this