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

Authors
Journal
Trends in Microbiology
0966-842X
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
21
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tim.2013.03.002
Keywords
  • Odor Compound
  • Axillary Malodor
  • Skin Microbiome
  • Amplicon Sequencing
  • Metatranscriptomics
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Medicine

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.

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