Vomeronasal receptors are a class of olfactory receptors that putatively function as receptors for pheromones. Two distinct superfamilies of vomeronasal receptors have been identified, termed vomeronasal type-1 receptors (V1Rs) and V2Rs. They both are G protein-coupled receptors but differ in protein structure, gene organization, expression localization, coupled G proteins, and physiological roles. V1Rs with Gαi2-coupled protein are expressed in the apical layer of the vomeronasal epithelium and have axonal projections to the anterior accessory olfactory bulb. The V1Rs are encoded by genes with a single exon and structurally, they have short N-terminal extracellular domains. At the functional level, V1Rs are associated with the detection of small volatile molecules involved in gender discrimination and sexual behaviors.
Different subtypes of human vomeronasal type-1 receptors have been identified. The molecular mechanisms, structures, and functions of these receptors have not been well-characterized. Here, we give an introduction to the current understanding of the following human VN1R1.
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