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.
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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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Variants of the melanocyte-stimulating hormone receptor gene are associated with red hair and fair skin in humans.
terrestris extract administered orally to C57BL/6J mice resulted in a significantly higher expression of melanocyte-stimulating hormone in the hair follicles of treated mice (75%), compared with that in the control group (18.75%).
The resistance of leptin to leptin receptor in hypothalamus hinders the expression of neuropeptides, namely, POMC and melanocyte-stimulating hormone that regulate energy intake and neuroendocrine functions.
* Stage 1: Binding of melanocyte-stimulating hormone (a-MSH) to the receptor melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R).
As a reference or positive control, 400 nm [alpha]-MSH or [[Nle.sup.4], D-[Phe.sup.7]]-D-Phel, melanocyte-stimulating hormone trifluoroacetate salt ([greater than or equal to] 95% purity) purchased from Sigma was used.
Bremelanotide, which is a melanocortin 4 receptor agonist drug candidate, is a synthetic peptide analog of the naturally occurring hormone alpha-MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone).
An experimental drug has shown the ability to cause weight loss in people suffering from obesity due to a rare genetic disorder, caused by a mutation for melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) deficiency, by curbing hunger.
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