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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Afamelanotide, a first-in-class investigational chemical analogue of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, is a melanocortin-1 agonist that activates melanocytes and increases melanin levels in the skin.
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A synthetic octapeptide, CZEN 002 was developed from more than 25 years of original research in the US, Europe and Asia on peptide molecules derived from alpha-Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (a-MSH).