Melanins and Melanogenesis

Melanins and Melanogenesis

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A book aimed at cell biologists, biochemists, research physicians and dermatologists as well as university and medical libraries. This book focuses on all aspects of melanin pigmentation, providing a concise, comprehensive picture of the new knowledge gained at the frontiers of research. It draws heavily on the author's 30-year activity in the field, and his continuing work with specialists of widely diverse disciplines. The core of the book deals with the structure, physicochemical properties, and biosynthesis of the major classes of melanin pigments, including neuromelanins. Other discussions include the biology of the various types of pigment producing cells, the structure and mode of action of tyrosinase, and the chemistry of urinary melanogens and their biomedical applications as metabolic markers of melanocyte activity, especially for the follow-up of malignant melanoma. Finally, the book considers progress in the photobiology and photochemistry of melanins, with special emphasis on the controversial role of thes pigments in skin photoprotection.
This book is ideally suited as a basic guide for newcomers, and a handy source of specific information for practitioners in academic, medical and industrial settings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 19mm | 595g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references, index, abbreviations
  • 0125659709
  • 9780125659703

Table of contents

An introduction to melanin research; melanin producing cells; tyrosinase; natural and synthetic melanins; eumelanins; neuromelanin; pheomelanins and trichochromes; pigment cell metabolism - enzymatic and chemical control; genetic and hormonal regulation of melanogenesis; photobiology and photochemistry of melanogenesis.
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