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Chemical and Biological Investigations of Female Mouse Pheromones

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The importance of chemical communication in the reproductive behavior of rodents is well documented. Female mice or rats can modulate the ovarian cycles of other females in their social group through pheromones (Bronson, 1971; McClintock, 1983). The urine of singly caged estrous females (Drickamer, 1982) and of pregnant or lactating female mice (Drickamer and Hoover, 1979; Hoover and Drickamer, 1979) has the capacity to accelerate puberty in young females and to promote estrous in adults. Odors from diestrous female rats shorten the estrous cycle, while odors from proestrous females cause prolongation. In addition, female rats that are in the acyclic state of persistent estrous are capable of inducing a similar state in other females (McClintock and Adler, 1978).

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  • Female Mouse
  • Acetate Ester
  • Estrous Female
  • Glass Capillary Column
  • Mouse Urine

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Jemiolo, B., Andreolini, F., Novotny, M. (1986). Chemical and Biological Investigations of Female Mouse Pheromones. In: Duvall, D., Müller-Schwarze, D., Silverstein, R.M. (eds) Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 4. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-2235-1_7

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