Odor types determined by the major histocompatibility complex in germfree mice.

@article{Yamazaki1990OdorTD,
  title={Odor types determined by the major histocompatibility complex in germfree mice.},
  author={Kunio Yamazaki and Gary K. Beauchamp and Yuzuru Imai and J. D. Bard and Shawn P Phelan and Laurel Thomas and Edward A. Boyse},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1990},
  volume={87 21},
  pages={8413-6}
}
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is the prime but not exclusive determinant of genetically specific constitutive body odors, termed odor types, represented strongly in urine of the mouse. Perception of MHC-determined odor types influences reproductive behavior in the contexts of mate choice and maintenance of early pregnancy, tending to favor the propagation of one MHC type over another. How MHC genotype determines MHC odor type is unknown. One possible explanation is that… CONTINUE READING

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