Occurrence of S-methyl thioesters in urines of humans after they have eaten asparagus

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Science  05 Sep 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4205, pp. 810-811
DOI: 10.1126/science.1162354


Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to determine the odor-causing agent (or agents) present in the urines of humans after they have eaten asparagus. S-Methyl thioacrylate and S-methyl 3-(methylthio)thiopropionate were identified from methylene chloride extracts of such urines and appear to be the odor-causing compounds. Methanethiol, the previously reported odor-causing agent, was not detected in these methylene chloride extracts.

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