Female mouse tears contain an anti-aggression pheromone

Published: 28-02-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/bczrv2trtc.1
Riccardo Percudani,
Roberto Tirindelli


LC-MS tear and urine fluids data for the paper Female mouse tears contain an anti-aggression pheromone Rosa Maria Cavaliere, Lucia Silvotti, Riccardo Percudani & Roberto Tirindelli Scientific Reports volume 10, Article number: 2510 (2020) Abstract Tears contain pheromones that trigger specific behavioral responses. In the mouse, male tear fluid is involved in long and short-term effects such as the receptive behavior and pregnancy block in females and the aggression in males. In contrast, pup tears exert an inhibitory effect on male mating behavior, also promoting sexual rejection in females. In the rat, a male lacrimal protein acts as an intraspecific and heterospecific signal enhancing sexual behavior in females and evoking avoidance behavior in mouse. However, behavioral effects of female tears on male behavior have yet to be described. Here, we report that female lacrimal fluid of different mouse strains contains a relatively small and involatile factor that abolishes inter-male aggression switching it into a copulatory behavior. The production of this molecule by the lacrimal glands is not affected by the estrous cycle but it is sensitive to ovariectomy, thus suggesting a control mediated by hormones. Moreover, this lacrimal anti-aggression pheromone modulates the activity of the lateral habenula, a brain area responsible for the valence of the aggressive interactions.


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Raw data files were produced by the LTQ Orbitrap. They can be converted in mzML files using using the msconvert program of Proteowizard (http://proteowizard.sourceforge.net) with the option “peakPicking true”