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Effects of Trimethylamine in Plants and Animals suggestive of Hormonal Influence

Nature volume 142, pages 752753 (22 October 1938) | Download Citation

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TRIMETHYLAMINE is known to accumulate in the sexual organs of many plants and animals1. Its action as an aphrodisiac has also been observed. Some connexion of trimethylamine with sex hormones appeared therefore possible. On the other hand, the effects of animal sex hormones on flowering2 and on the development of 'phytocarcinomata'3 having been demonstrated, a further association of ideas concerning the possibility of similar parallelisms of action of trimethylamine did not seem to be too farfetched.

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  1. Institute of Pathological Anatomy, University, Brussels. Sept. 10.

    • LÁSZLÓ HAVAS

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