In article <Pine.ULT.3.91.960317112422.10847C-100000 at essex.UCHSC.edu>,
Teresa Binstock <binstoct at essex.UCHSC.edu> wrote:
> An important issue is, Where in the nasal cavity (if there at all) is
> MHC/HLA processing occurring in ways that modulate mate choice?
> 1. Olfactory regions (olf)
> 2. Vomeronasal regions (vno)
> 3. Nasal mucosal regions which are neither olf nor vno.
It seems more likely that MHC affects the mix of normal flora by an effect
on the immune system, which in turn produces a different odor. It's very
hard to imagine that airborn MHC alleles could be discriminated by any
other receptor system.
David C. Parker
Oregon Health Sciences University
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology fax: (503)494-6862
3181 SW Sam Jackson Pk Rd, L220 internet: parkerd at ohsu.edu
Portland, Oregon 97201-3098