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Trends Microbiol. 2013 Jun;21(6):305-12. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 Apr 6.

Daily battle against body odor: towards the activity of the axillary microbiota.

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Institut für Genomforschung und Systembiologie, Centrum für Biotechnologie CeBiTec, Universität Bielefeld, Universitätsstraße 27, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany.

Abstract

The microbial community of the human axilla plays a key role in the formation of axillary odor by biotransformation of odorless natural secretions into volatile odorous molecules. Culture-based microbiological and biochemical studies have allowed the characterization of the axillary microbiota, but the advent of next-generation culture-independent DNA sequencing approaches has provided an unprecedented depth of data regarding the taxonomic composition of the axillary microbiota and intra- and interindividual variation. However, the physiological activity of the microbiota of an individual and its variation under different environmental conditions remains largely unknown. Thus, metatranscriptomics represents a promising technique to identify specific metabolic activities in the axillary microbiota linked to individual differences in body odor.

PMID:
23566668
DOI:
10.1016/j.tim.2013.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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