Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 277–296

Urinary volatile constituents of the house mouse,Mus musculus, and their endocrine dependency

  • F. J. Schwende
  • D. Wiesler
  • J. W. Jorgenson
  • M. Carmack
  • M. Novotny
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01045611

Cite this article as:
Schwende, F.J., Wiesler, D., Jorgenson, J.W. et al. J Chem Ecol (1986) 12: 277. doi:10.1007/BF01045611

Abstract

Mouse urine contains a great number of volatile constituents that may be used in chemical communication. Some of these volatiles, identified in this study by combined gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and gas chromatography-Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, appear unique to the mouse. Certain urinary volatiles exhibit strong dependence on the sex and endocrine status of the animals, as shown through castration, treatment with an antiandrogen, and hormone supplementation.

Key words

Urinary volatile signals endocrinological manipulations capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. J. Schwende
    • 3
  • D. Wiesler
    • 3
  • J. W. Jorgenson
    • 3
  • M. Carmack
    • 3
  • M. Novotny
    • 3
  1. 1.The Upjohn CompanyKalamazoo
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of North CarolinaChapel Hill
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryIndiana UniversityBloomington

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