On catnip and mosquitoes - solving an evolutionary puzzle

Reiko Uenoyama, Tamako Miyazaki, Jane L. Hurst, eRobert J. Beynon, Masaatsu Adachi, Takanobu Murooka, Ibuki Onoda, eYu Miyazawa, Rieko Katayama, Tetsuro Yamashita, Shuji Kaneko, Toshio Nishikawa and Masao Miyazaki (2021) The characteristic response of domestic cats to plant iridoids allows them to gain chemical defense against mosquitoes [PDF] [PUBMED] [DOI] [Abstract...]

Detailed protein analysis of the rat MUP complex

Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Stuart D. Armstrong, Josiah O. Halstead, Mark Prescott, Sarah A. Roberts, Lynn McLean, Jonathan M. Mudge, Jane L. Hurst & Robert J. Beynon (2019) Molecular complexity of the major urinary protein system of the Norway rat, Rattus norvegicus. [PDF] [PUBMED] [Abstract...]

MUPs shape the volatile odours of mice

Roberts SA, Prescott MC, Davidson AJ, McLean L, Beynon RJ, Hurst JL. (2018) Individual odour signatures that mice learn are shaped by involatile major urinary proteins (MUPs). [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]

A new lipocalin, fully sequenced, from bank voles

Loxley GM, Unsworth J, Turton MJ, Jebb A, Lilley KS, Simpson DM, Rigden DJ, Hurst JL, Beynon RJ. (2017) Glareosin: a novel sexually dimorphic urinary lipocalin in the bank vole, Myodes glareolus. [PDF] [PUBMED]

MUP variation in mouse subspecies

Hurst JL, Beynon RJ, Armstrong SD, Davidson AJ, Roberts SA, Gómez-Baena G, Smadja CM, Ganem G. (2017) Molecular heterogeneity in major urinary proteins of Mus musculus subspecies: potential candidates involved in speciation. [PDF] [PUBMED] [Abstract...]

Challenging the 'MHC' hypothesis

Green JP, Holmes AM, Davidson AJ, Paterson S, Stockley P, Beynon RJ, Hurst JL. (2015) The Genetic Basis of Kin Recognition in a Cooperatively Breeding Mammal. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Pheromones and contextual information.

Martín-Sanchez A, McLean L, Beynon RL, Hurst JL, Ayala G, Lanuza E, Martinez-Garcia F. (2015) . From sexual attraction to maternal aggression: When pheromones change their behavioural significance. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

MUP complexity and analytical challenges

Beynon RJ, Armstrong SD, Gómez-Baena G, Lee V, Simpson D, Unsworth J, Hurst JL. (2014) The complexity of protein semiochemistry in mammals. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Sex pheromones are not aways attractive

Lanuza, E., Martin-Sanchez, A., Marco-Manclus, P., Cadiz-Moretti, B., Fortes-Marcw, L., Henandez-Martinez, A., Mclean, L., Beynon, R.J., Hurst, J.L. & Martinz-Garcia, F (2014) Sex pheromones are not always attractive: changes induced by learning and illness in mice. [PDF]

Darcin three dimensional structure solved!

Phelan, M.M., McLean, L., Armstrong, S.D., Hurst, J.L., Beynon, R.J. & Lian, L-Y. (2014) The structure, stability and pheromone binding of the male mouse protein sex pheromone darcin. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Rats have MUPs too - but different!

Gómez-Baena G, Armstrong SD, Phelan MM, Hurst JL, Beynon RJ. (2014). The major urinary protein system in the rat. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Romeo, Romeo, 'whiff'-fore art thou, Romeo?

Sarah A. Roberts, Amanda J. Davidson, Lynn McLean, Robert J. Beynon, Jane L. Hurst (2012) Pheromonal Induction of Spatial Learning in Mice. [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]

Mechanisms of kin recognition

Hurst JL, Beynon RJ. (2010) J Biol. 2010;9(2):13. Making progress in genetic kin recognition among vertebrates. [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

MUP variation in lab mouse strains

Cheetham SA, Smith AL, Armstrong SD, Beynon RJ, Hurst JL. (2009) Limited variation in the major urinary proteins of laboratory mice. Physiol Behav. 96, 253-261 [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

MUPs and MHC in mate choice

Thom, MD , Stockley, P, Beynon, RJ & Hurst, JL (2008) Scent, mate choice and genetic heterozygosity Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11, 291-301 [PDF] [Abstract...]

Familiarity breeds...?

Cheetham, SA , Thom, MD, Beynon, RJ & Hurst, JL (2008) The effect of familiarity on mate choice.  Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11, 271-280 [PDF] [Abstract...]

The avoidance of inbreeding

Nominated in Faculty of 1000 by Etienne Joly. Sherborne AL, Thom MD, Paterson S, Jury F, Ollier WE, Stockley P, Beynon RJ, Hurst JL. (2007) The genetic basis of inbreeding avoidance in house mice. Curr. Biol. 17, 2061-2066.[PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Cauxin in big cat urine

McLean, L., Hurst, J.L., Gaskell, C.J., Lewis, J. C. M & Beynon, R.J. (2007) Characterization of Cauxin in the Urine of Domestic and Big Cats (2007) J. Chem. Ecol 3, 1997-2009 [PUBMED][PDF] [Abstract...]

Scent exposure influences competitive behaviour in lab mice

Lacey, J.C. Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2007) The importance of exposure to other male scents in determining competitive behaviour among inbred male mice. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 104, 130-142 [PDF] [Abstract...]

Characterising proteins in scent marks

Robertson, D.H.L., Cheetham, S.A., Armstrong, S.D., Hurst, J.L. & Beynon, R.J. (2005) Characterisation of proteins in scent marks: proteomics meets semiochemistry. In Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (Ed. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Muller-Schwarze), pp.183-198 Springer, New York. [Abstract...]

MHC in scent communication

Thom, M.D., Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2005) The role of the major histocompatibility complex in scent communication. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (Ed. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Muller-Schwarze), pp.173-182. Springer, New York. [Abstract...]

MHC is not involved in individual recognition

Hurst J. L., Thom M. D., Nevison C. M., Humphries R. E., Beynon R. J (2005) MHC odours are not required or sufficient for recognition of individual scent owners. Proc Biol Sci. 272, 715-724 [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]

Scent marks signal competitive ability

Malone, N., Armstrong, S.D., Humphries, R.E., Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2005) The signalling of competitive ability by male house mice. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 10 (Ed. R.T. Mason, M.P. LeMaster & D. Muller-Schwarze), pp.77-88. Springer, New York. [Abstract...]

Scent wars

Hurst, J.L. & Beynon, R.J. (2004) Scent Wars: The chemobiology of competitive signaling in mice. BioEssays 26, 1288-1298 [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]

Involatile ownership signals in mouse scent marks

Nevison, C.M., Armstrong, S.; Beynon, R.J. Humphries, R.E. & Hurst, J.L. (2003) The ownership signature in mouse scents marks is involatile. Proceedings of the Royal Society series B, 270, 1957-1963 [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]

Inbreeding and individual recognition

Nevison, C.M., Barnard, C.J., Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2001) Effects of inbreeding and social status on individual recognition in mice. . In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates (Ed. A. Marchlewska-Koj, D. Muller-Schwarze & J. Lepri) pp225-232. Plenum Press, New York. [Abstract...]

Social status and mate choice

Malone, N., Payne, C.E., Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2001) Social status, odour communication and mate choice in wild house mice. . In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates (Ed. A. Marchlewska-Koj, D. Muller-Schwarze & J. Lepri) pp217-224. Plenum Press, New York. [Abstract...]

Inbreeding compromises competitor recognition

Nevison, C.M., Barnard, C.J., Beynon, R.J. & Hurst, J.L. (2000) The consequences of inbreeding for recognizing competitors. Proceedings of the Royal Society 267, 687-694. [PUBMED] [PDF] [Abstract...]