A human axillary odorant is carried by apolipoprotein D.

@article{Zeng1996AHA,
  title={A human axillary odorant is carried by apolipoprotein D.},
  author={Chen Zeng and Andrew I Spielman and Benjamin R. Vowels and James J. Leyden and Klaus Biemann and George Preti},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1996},
  volume={93 13},
  pages={
          6626-30
        }
}
  • C. ZengA. Spielman G. Preti
  • Published 25 June 1996
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
The characterization of the source of the odor in the human axillary region is not only of commercial interest but is also important biologically because axillary extracts can alter the length and timing of the female menstrual cycle. In males, the most abundant odor component is known to be E-3-methyl-2-hexenoic acid (E-3M2H), which is liberated from nonodorous apocrine secretions by axillary microorganisms. Recently, it was found that in the apocrine gland secretions, 3M2H is carried to the… 

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