Melanins and Melanosomes: Biosynthesis, Biogenesis, Physiological, and Pathological Functions

Melanins and Melanosomes: Biosynthesis, Biogenesis, Physiological, and Pathological Functions

Editor(s): Jan Borovanský, Patrick A. Riley

Published Online: 27 JUL 2011 06:54AM EST

Print ISBN: 9783527328925

Online ISBN: 9783527636150

DOI: 10.1002/9783527636150

About this Book

The surface pigmentation of vertebrates is controlled by specialized cells able to synthesize a variety of pigments collectively known as melanins. Recent research has shown that melanins are produced not only in the skin but also in many other sites such as the eye, inner ear, muscles, etc., - where they are engaged in some unanticipated roles. The details of the synthetic pathway, the complexities of its regulation and biological significance that have been unravelled in recent research comprise a fascinating story and are of key importance in understanding the nature of diseases, including malignant melanoma one of the most rapidly spreading cancers.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 3

      Biological Chemistry of o-Quinones (pages 63–86)

      Prof. Patrick A. Riley, Christopher A. Ramsden and Edward J. Land

    3. Chapter 4

      Biosynthesis of Melanins (pages 87–116)

      José Carlos García-Borrón and M. Concepción Olivares Sánchez

    4. Chapter 5

      Inhibitors and Enhancers of Melanogenesis (pages 117–165)

      Alain Taïeb, Muriel Cario-André, Stefania Briganti and Mauro Picardo

    5. Chapter 6

      Structure of Melanins (pages 167–185)

      Shosuke Ito, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Marco d'ischia, Alessandra Napolitano and Alessandro Pezzella

    6. Chapter 9

      Biogenesis of Melanosomes (pages 247–294)

      Cédric Delevoye, Francesca Giordano, Michael S. Marks and Graça Raposo

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