- Scientists studying microbes that produce body odor in humans have clearly identified the enzyme responsible for odor molecules.
- The so-called “Benzyme BO” produces molecules that we define as a foul odor.
- Forwardly, foods targeting this enzyme can provide improved prevention of body odor.
You really have to pass this on to scientists. Depending on their field of study, they may be credited with incredible discoveries, such as new planets, new species of animals and plants, or even drugs for deadly diseases. Other researchers have decided to focus their efforts on less prestigious but still important areas of research, such as finding out why your armpits stink.
Scientists have immersed themselves in their research for the first time, pursuing a specific enzyme that generates what we know as body odor, or “BO”;. The work was published in Scientific reportsand it can make you a little less repulsive.
This is not the first study related to BO, which involved researchers. A team from York University has previously identified the types of microbes that are responsible for releasing most odors from the human body. Now they have gone a step further by identifying a specific enzyme that generates smelly molecules.
Body odor is a characteristic feature of Homo sapiens, but its role in human behavior and evolution is poorly understood. It is noteworthy that body odor is associated with the presence of several types of commensal microbes. Here we discover a bacterial enzyme limited to staphylococci that form odors that are able to break down odorless thioalcohol precursors, the most acute components of body odor.
Okay, this is a somewhat complicated explanation, but the idea is quite simple: the so-called “Benzim BO” is used by certain bacteria, which, as a result, create a pungent body odor.
“Solving the structure of this ‘BO enzyme’ has allowed us to determine the molecular step within certain bacteria that make up odor molecules,” said Dr. Michelle Rudden, co-author of the study. “This is a key advance in understanding how body odor works, and will allow the development of targeted inhibitors that stop the production of BO at the source without disturbing the armpit microbiome.” “
Not surprisingly, the research was conducted in partnership with Unilever. Unilever, if you don’t know, is a mega-case that has a ton of brands. Many brands such as Ax, Dove, Brut and Suave are interested in how well the anti-odor products work. By triggering the exact enzyme responsible for human odor, they can fight it more effectively and, as Dr. Rudden points out, avoid disrupting other microbes in the process.
So the next time you hear about scientists discovering a new galaxy or some never-before-seen deep-sea fish species, just remember that other researchers are working just as hard to make sure you don’t stink so badly on your next date. .