A strong association between human earwax-type and apocrine colostrum secretion from the mammary gland

Abstract

Here we provided the first genetic evidence for an association between the degree of apocrine colostrum secretion and human earwax type. Genotyping at the earwax-type locus, rs17822931 within the ABCC11 gene, revealed that 155 of 225 Japanese women were dry-type and 70 wet-type. Frequency of women without colostrum among dry-type women was significantly higher than that among wet-type women (P < 0.0002), and the measurable colostrum volume in dry-type women was significantly smaller than in wet-type women (P = 0.0341).

DOI: 10.1007/s00439-007-0356-9

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@article{Miura2007ASA, title={A strong association between human earwax-type and apocrine colostrum secretion from the mammary gland}, author={Kiyonori Miura and Koh-ichiro Yoshiura and Shoko Miura and Takako Shimada and Kentaro Yamasaki and Atsushi Yoshida and Daisuke Nakayama and Yoshisada Shibata and Norio Niikawa and Hideaki Masuzaki}, journal={Human Genetics}, year={2007}, volume={121}, pages={631-633} }