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MC1R, Eumelanin and Pheomelanin: their role in determining the susceptibility to skin cancer;
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PMID:  25155575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Skin pigmentation is due to the accumulation of two types of melanin granules in the keratinocytes. Besides being the most potent blocker of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), the role of melanin in photo-protection is complex. This is because one type of melanin called eumelanin is UV absorbent whereas the other, pheomelanin, is photo-unstable and may even promote carcinogenesis. Skin hyperpigmentation may be caused by stress or exposure to sunlight, which stimulates the release of α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) from damaged keratinocytes. Melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) is a key signaling molecule on melanocytes that responds to α-MSH by inducing expression of enzymes responsible for eumelanin synthesis. Persons with red hair have mutations in the MC1R causing its inactivation; this leads to a paucity of eumelanin production and makes red-heads more susceptible to skin cancer. Apart from its effects on melanin production, the α-MSH/MC1R signaling is also a potent anti-inflammatory pathway and has been shown to promote anti-melanoma immunity. This review will focus on the role of MC1R in terms of its regulation of melanogenesis and influence on the immune system with respect to skin cancer susceptibility. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Tahseen H Nasti; Laura Timares
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photochemistry and photobiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1751-1097     ISO Abbreviation:  Photochem. Photobiol.     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
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Created Date:  2014-8-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0376425     Medline TA:  Photochem Photobiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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