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'''Richard Axel''', [[M.D.]] (born [[July 2]], [[1946]], [[New York City]]) is an [[United States of America|American]] [[scientist]] whose work on the [[olfactory system]] won him and [[Linda B. Buck]], a former [[post-doctoral]] scientist in his research group, the [[Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine]] in [[2004]].
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In their landmark paper published in [[1991]], Buck and Axel [[cloning|cloned]] [[olfactory receptor|olfactory receptors]], showing that they belong to the family of [[G protein-coupled receptor|G protein coupled receptors]]. By analyzing [[rat]] [[DNA]], they estimated that there were approximately one thousand different [[gene]]s for olfactory receptors in the [[mammal|mammalian]] [[genome]]. This research opened the door to the [[genetics|genetic]] and [[molecular biology|molecular]] analysis of the mechanisms of [[olfaction]]. In their later work, Buck and Axel have shown that each [[olfactory receptor neuron]] remarkably only expresses one kind of olfactory receptor protein and that the input of from all neurons expressing the same receptor is collected by a single dedicated [[glomerulus (olfaction)|glomerulus]] of the [[olfactory bulb]].
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Born in [[New York City, New York]], Axel graduated from [[Stuyvesant High School]] in [[1963]], received his A.B. in [[1967]] from [[Columbia University]], and his M.D. in [[1971]] from [[Johns Hopkins University]]. He returned to Columbia later that year and became a full professor in [[1978]].
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During the late 1970's, Axel, along with [[microbiology|microbiologist]] Saul J. Silverstein, and geneticist Michael H. Wigler, discovered a technique of [[transformation (genetics)|cotransformation]], a process which allows foreign DNA to be inserted into a host cell to produce certain proteins. [[Patent]]s, now colloquially referred to as the "Axel patents", covering this technique were filed for February 1980 and were issued in August 1983. As a fundamental process in recombinant DNA research as performed at [[pharmaceutical]] and [[biotechnology|biotech]] companies, this patent proved quite lucrative for Columbia University, earning it almost $100 million a year at one time, and a top spot on the list of top universities by licensing revenue. The Axel patents expired in August 2000.
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Axel's primary research interest is on how the brain interprets the sense of smell, specifically mapping the parts of the brain that are sensitive to specific olfactory receptors. He holds the titles of University Professor at [[Columbia University]], Professor of [[Biochemistry]] and Molecular [[Biophysics]] and of [[Pathology]] at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Investigator of the [[Howard Hughes Medical Institute]].
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==Key Papers==
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=1840504&query_hl=1&itool=pubmed_docsum A novel multigene family may encode odorant receptors: a molecular basis for odor recognition.] Cell. 1991 Apr 5;65(1):175-87.
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This is the paper in which Linda Buck & Richard Axel fist describe the discovery of the odorant receptors, which was the basis for their shared Nobel Prize.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=208776&query_hl=3&itool=pubmed_docsum The transfer and stable integration of the HSV thymidine kinase gene into mouse cells.] Cell. 1978 May;14(1):133-41.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=7414320&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum Altering genotype and phenotype by DNA-mediated gene transfer.] Science. 1980 Sep 19;209(4463):1414-22.
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These are the papers describing DNA transfection, a critical tool for the entire revolution in biology, in which genes can be modified and then stably transferred into cells. This paper was the basis for the "Axel patent" which at one time brought Columbia University as much as $100 million per year.
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===The rest of the papers are in chronological order===
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=4332799&query_hl=33&itool=pubmed_docsum Presence in human breast cancer of RNA homologous to mouse mammary tumour virus RNA.] Nature. 1972 Jan 7;235(5332):32-6.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=4343844&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum Type C virus from cell cultures of chemically induced rat hepatomas.] Science. 1972 Dec 8;178(65):1098-100.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=6356362&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum In situ hybridization to study the origin and fate of identified neurons.] Science. 1983 Nov 18;222(4625):800-8
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=3112582&query_hl=33&itool=pubmed_docsum Functional interaction between human T-cell protein CD4 and the major histocompatibility complex HLA-DR antigen.] Nature. 1987 Aug 13-19;328(6131):626-9.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=3399891&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum Molecular characterization of a functional cDNA encoding the serotonin 1c receptor.] Science. 1988 Jul 29;241(4865):558-64
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=3257544&query_hl=33&itool=pubmed_docsum A soluble form of CD4 (T4) protein inhibits AIDS virus infection.] Nature. 1988 Jan 7;331(6151):82-4.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=2727693&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum Ectopic expression of the serotonin 1c receptor and the triggering of malignant transformation.] Science. 1989 Jun 2;244(4908):1057-62.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=2247146&query_hl=33&itool=pubmed_docsum Crystal structure of an HIV-binding recombinant fragment of human CD4.] Nature. 1990 Nov 29;348(6300):419-26.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=1617724&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum The level of CD8 expression can determine the outcome of thymic selection.] Cell. 1992 Jun 26;69(7):1089-96
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=7916654&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum The family of genes encoding odorant receptors in the channel catfish.] Cell. 1993 Mar 12;72(5):657-66
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8453662&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Coding of olfactory information: topography of odorant receptor expression in the catfish olfactory epithelium.] Cell. 1993 Mar 12;72(5):667-80.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8343958&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Spatial segregation of odorant receptor expression in the mammalian olfactory epithelium.] Cell. 1993 Jul 30;74(2):309-18
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8087849&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Allelic inactivation regulates olfactory receptor gene expression.] Cell. 1994 Sep 9;78(5):823-34.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8001145&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Topographic organization of sensory projections to the olfactory bulb.] Cell. 1994 Dec 16;79(6):981-91
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=7585937&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum A novel family of genes encoding putative pheromone receptors in mammals.] Cell. 1995 Oct 20;83(2):195-206.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=8929536&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Visualizing an olfactory sensory map.] Cell. 1996 Nov 15;87(4):675-86.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=9038337&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Genes expressed in neurons of adult male Drosophila.] Cell. 1997 Feb 21;88(4):459-69.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=9546391&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Odorant receptors govern the formation of a precise topographic map.] Cell. 1998 Apr 3;93(1):47-60.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=10089887&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum A spatial map of olfactory receptor expression in the Drosophila antenna.] Cell. 1999 Mar 5;96(5):725-36
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=10219242&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum A map of pheromone receptor activation in the mammalian brain.] Cell. 1999 Apr 16;97(2):209-20.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=10943836&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum An olfactory sensory map in the fly brain.] Cell. 2000 Jul 21;102(2):147-59.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=11106731&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Genetic ablation and restoration of the olfactory topographic map.] Cell. 2000 Nov 10;103(4):609-20.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=11257221&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum A chemosensory gene family encoding candidate gustatory and olfactory receptors in Drosophila.] Cell. 2001 Mar 9;104(5):661-73.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=12007409&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Spatial representation of the glomerular map in the Drosophila protocerebrum.] Cell. 2002 Apr 19;109(2):229-41.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=12553914&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Two-photon calcium imaging reveals an odor-evoked map of activity in the fly brain.] Cell. 2003 Jan 24;112(2):271-82
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=12914696&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Axonal ephrin-As and odorant receptors: coordinate determination of the olfactory sensory map.] Cell. 2003 Aug 8;114(3):311-22.
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=14990966&query_hl=33&itool=pubmed_docsum Mice cloned from olfactory sensory neurons.] Nature. 2004 Mar 4;428(6978):44-9. Epub 2004 Feb 15
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15178793&query_hl=26&itool=pubmed_docsum Odorant receptors on axon termini in the brain.] Science. 2004 Jun 4;304(5676):1468.
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*Gene switching and the stability of odorant receptor gene choice. Cell, 117, 801–815
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*[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16873069&query_hl=6&itool=pubmed_docsum Interchromosomal interactions and olfactory receptor choice.] Cell. 2006 Jul 28;126(2):403-13.
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==External links==
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* [http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/2004/ Nobel Citation]
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* [http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/neurobeh/axel/overview.html Homepage of Axel's research group at Columbia University]
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* [http://www.hhmi.org/research/investigators/axel_bio.html Webpage at Howard Hughes Medical Institute]
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* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3713134.stm BBC]
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* [http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20030725/03/ Coverage of Columbia's Axel Patent story]
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Richard Axel, M.D. (born July 2, 1946, New York City) is an American scientist whose work on the olfactory system won him and Linda B. Buck, a former post-doctoral scientist in his research group, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004.

In their landmark paper published in 1991, Buck and Axel cloned olfactory receptors, showing that they belong to the family of G protein coupled receptors. By analyzing rat DNA, they estimated that there were approximately one thousand different genes for olfactory receptors in the mammalian genome. This research opened the door to the genetic and molecular analysis of the mechanisms of olfaction. In their later work, Buck and Axel have shown that each olfactory receptor neuron remarkably only expresses one kind of olfactory receptor protein and that the input of from all neurons expressing the same receptor is collected by a single dedicated glomerulus of the olfactory bulb.

Born in New York City, New York, Axel graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1963, received his A.B. in 1967 from Columbia University, and his M.D. in 1971 from Johns Hopkins University. He returned to Columbia later that year and became a full professor in 1978.

During the late 1970's, Axel, along with microbiologist Saul J. Silverstein, and geneticist Michael H. Wigler, discovered a technique of cotransformation, a process which allows foreign DNA to be inserted into a host cell to produce certain proteins. Patents, now colloquially referred to as the "Axel patents", covering this technique were filed for February 1980 and were issued in August 1983. As a fundamental process in recombinant DNA research as performed at pharmaceutical and biotech companies, this patent proved quite lucrative for Columbia University, earning it almost $100 million a year at one time, and a top spot on the list of top universities by licensing revenue. The Axel patents expired in August 2000.

Axel's primary research interest is on how the brain interprets the sense of smell, specifically mapping the parts of the brain that are sensitive to specific olfactory receptors. He holds the titles of University Professor at Columbia University, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and of Pathology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Key PapersEdit

This is the paper in which Linda Buck & Richard Axel fist describe the discovery of the odorant receptors, which was the basis for their shared Nobel Prize.

These are the papers describing DNA transfection, a critical tool for the entire revolution in biology, in which genes can be modified and then stably transferred into cells. This paper was the basis for the "Axel patent" which at one time brought Columbia University as much as $100 million per year.

The rest of the papers are in chronological orderEdit

  • Gene switching and the stability of odorant receptor gene choice. Cell, 117, 801–815

External linksEdit

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