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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Individual variation in 3-methylbutanal: A putative link between human leukocyte antigen and skin microflora
Author(s): Savelev, Sergey U
Antony-Babu, Sanjay
Roberts, S Craig
Wang, Huitu
Clare, Anthony S
Gosling, L Morris
Petrie, Marion
Goodfellow, Michael
O'Donnell, Anthony G
Ward, Alan C
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Keywords: human leukocyte antigen
human odor
skin microflora
solid-phase microextraction
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Date Deposited: 4-Feb-2013
Citation: Savelev SU, Antony-Babu S, Roberts SC, Wang H, Clare AS, Gosling LM, Petrie M, Goodfellow M, O'Donnell AG & Ward AC (2008) Individual variation in 3-methylbutanal: A putative link between human leukocyte antigen and skin microflora. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 34 (9), pp. 1253-1257.
Abstract: The human derma emits volatile compounds whose interaction with a receiver's olfactory sensory system may affect individual recognition and mating preferences. Studies suggest that both genes and environmental factors determine characteristic odor of an individual. Here, we use solid phase micro-extraction and GC-MS to identify 3-methylbutanal (3-MB) in human axillary odor, show that the abundance of this volatile compound varies significantly between individuals and demonstrate in vitro that its formation may be influenced by interaction between human leukocyte antigen peptide and dermal microflora.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10886-008-9524-1
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Chemical Ecology, September 2008, Volume 34, Issue 9, pp 1253-1257, by Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10886-008-9524-1. The original publication is available at

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