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Mechanism of the Action of Taste-modifying Protein

Nature volume 222, pages 11761179 (21 June 1969) | Download Citation

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THE “taste-modifying protein” that has been isolated from miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum)1 is a basic glycoprotein with a probable molecular weight of 44,000. Applied to the tongue it modifies taste so that sour substances taste sweet. Brouwer et al.2 have isolated a similar protein from miracle fruit. We describe here a psychological study of the protein designed to clarify its mechanism of action.

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    • KENZO KURIHARA

    Present address: Laboratory of Biology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

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  1. Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

    • KENZO KURIHARA
    •  & LLOYD M. BEIDLER

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