Cauxin is a peptidase that is excreted in large amounts in cat urine. Cauxine has been shown to hydrolyze 3-methylbutanol-cysteinylglycine (3-MBCG) in the urine into felinine which then slowly degrades into the putative cat pheromone 3-mercapto-3-methylbutan-1-ol (MMB)cite journal
author = M. Miyazaki, T. Yamashita, Y. Suzuki, Y. Saito, S. Soeta, H. Taira, and A. Suzuki
year = 2006
month = October
title = A major urinary protein of the domestic cat regulates the production of felinine, a putative pheromone precursor
journal = Chem. Biol.
volume = 13
issue = 10
pages = 1071–1079
pmid = 17052611
doi = 10.1016/j.chembiol.2006.08.013
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See also

* Cat pheromone


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