Isolation of a bacterial enzyme releasing axillary malodor and its use as a screening target for novel deodorant formulations.

@article{Natsch2005IsolationOA,
  title={Isolation of a bacterial enzyme releasing axillary malodor and its use as a screening target for novel deodorant formulations.},
  author={Andreas Natsch and Hans Gfeller and Peter Gygax and Joachim Schmid},
  journal={International journal of cosmetic science},
  year={2005},
  volume={27 2},
  pages={115-22}
}
Axillary odor is known since 50 years to be formed upon the action of Corynebacteria on odorless axilla secretions, but the nature of the bacterial enzymes involved in this process remained a mystery. We identified the known axilla odor determinant 3-methyl-2-hexenoic acid in hydrolyzed axilla secretions along with a new, chemically related compound, 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-hexanoic acid. The natural, odorless precursors of both these acids were purified from non-hydrolyzed fresh axilla secretions… CONTINUE READING

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