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Lizard Epidermal Gland Secretions. II. Chemical Characterization of the Generation Gland Secretion of the Sungazer, Cordylus giganteus.
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PMID:  21568307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
In lizards, the epidermal glands of the femoral and precloacal regions are involved in the production of semiochemicals. In addition to its femoral glands, the giant girdled lizard, or sungazer, Cordylus giganteus, which is endemic to South Africa, has generation glands as an additional potential source of semiochemicals. These epidermal glands are described as glandular scales that overlay the femoral glands and are included in the normal epidermal profile located in the femoral (thigh) and anterior antebrachial (fore-leg) regions of the male sungazer. GC-MS analysis of the generation gland secretions and the trimethylsilyl derivatives of some of the steroidal constituents was employed to identify 59 constituents, including alkenes, carboxylic acids, alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, esters, amides, nitriles, and steroids. The quantitative differences of the volatile constituents of the fore- and hind-leg generation glands were compared between individuals. This is the first report on the chemical composition of generation glandular material of lizards.
Stefan Louw; Ben V Burger; Maritha Le Roux; Johannes H Van Wyk
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of natural products     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1520-6025     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7906882     Medline TA:  J Nat Prod     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Laboratory for Ecological Chemistry, †Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, and Ecophysiology Laboratory, ‡Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University , Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa.
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