Volume 26, Issue 7 (Oct 2018)                   JSSU 2018, 26(7): 615-623 | Back to browse issues page

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Iranmanesh M, Masoudi R, Gholami S. Association of the ability to taste Phenylthiocarbamide with sex and smoking . JSSU. 2018; 26 (7) :615-623
URL: http://jssu.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-4316-en.html
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Introduction: The ability to taste Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC), has been long studied from genetics, epidemiologic and evolutionary point of view. This ability is associated with the ability of tasting other bitter substances which mostly are toxic. Natural selection is involved in the maintenance of the allelic frequency of PTC. Variation in the frequency of tasters and non-tasters could reflect the food preferences and dietary habits. Moreover, it can be a marker for diet-related diseases. The frequency of PTC taste sensitivity has been studied in many populations. However, no study in this regard has been reported in Iran.  The aim of this research was to determine the frequency of PTC tasters and not-tasters in a population from Iran and also the association of sex and smoking with the ability to taste PTC.
Methods:  In this research, 175 individuals from Shiraz University or their families were