melanocyte-stimulating hormone


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mel·a·no·cyte-stim·u·lat·ing hormone

 (mĕl′ə-nō-sīt′stĭm′yə-lā′tĭng, mə-lăn′ə-)
n. Abbr. MSH
A hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that regulates skin color in humans and other vertebrates by stimulating melanin synthesis in melanocytes and melanin granule dispersal in melanophores. Also called intermedin.

MSH

melanocyte-stimulating hormone: a pituitary gland hormone that causes darkening of the skin by increasing the production of melanin.
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Noun1.melanocyte-stimulating hormone - a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that controls the degree of pigmentation in melanocytes
endocrine, hormone, internal secretion - the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
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An Australian company has a patent on an injectable, depot form of melanocyte-stimulating hormone, developed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, that induces a true tan (Melanotan, Epitan Ltd.
According to Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, a scientist at the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale and a co-author of a recent paper, the gel contains a peptide known as MSH, or melanocyte-stimulating hormone.
Stimulation of melanocyte-stimulating hormone receptors by retinoic acid.

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