Dynamics of excretion of urinary chemosignals in the house mouse (Mus musclus) during the natural estrous cycle
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- Andreolini, F., Jemiolo, B. & Novotny, M. Experientia (1987) 43: 998. doi:10.1007/BF01952217
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The volatile fraction of urinary metabolites was investigated chromatographically at five different stages of the natural estrous cycle. A very substantial endocrine dependency has been noted for 11 compounds: 4 ketones, 2 acetate esters, 3 dihydrofuran isomers, dehydro-exo-brevicomin, and 2,5-dimethylpyrazine. The compounds were structurally verified through combined gas chromatography/mass spectrometry.