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Mammalian exocrine secretions XV. Constituents of secretion of ventral gland of male dwarf hamster, Phodopus sungorus sungorus

Burger, B. V. ; Smit, D. ; Spies, H. S. C. ; Schmidt, C. ; Schmidt, U. ; Telitsina, A. Y. ; Grierson, G. R. (2001-06)

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In a study aimed at the chemical characterization of constituents of the ventral gland secretion of the male dwarf hamster, Phodopus sungorus sungorus, 48 compounds, including saturated alcohols, saturated and unsaturated ketones, saturated and unsaturated straight-chain carboxylic acids, iso- and anteisocarboxylic acids, 3-phenylpropanoic acid, hydroxyesters, 2-piperidone, and some steroids were identified in the secretion. The position of the double bonds in γ-icosadienyl-γ-butyrolactone and γ-henicosadienyl-γ-butyrolactone, and the position of methylbranching in seven C16-C21 saturated ketones could not be established. Several constituents with typically steroidal mass spectra also remained unidentified. The female dwarf hamster's ventral gland either does not produce secretion or produced so little secretion that it was impossible to collect enough material for analysis.

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