• melanogenesis;
  • α-MSH;
  • melanocortin 1 receptor;
  • catalase;
  • melanosomes;
  • anti-oxidants;
  • photo-protection


We demonstrated a direct correlation between melanogenic and catalase activities on in vitro and ex vivo models. Here, we investigated whether the stimulation of Melanocortin-1 Receptor (MC1R) could influence catalase expression, activity and cellular localization. For this purpose, we treated B16-F0 melanoma cells with α-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (α-MSH) and we showed a rapid induction of catalase through a cAMP/PKA-dependent, microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) independent mechanism, acting at post-transcriptional level. Moreover, α-MSH promoted a partial re-distribution of catalase to the cell periphery and dendrites. This work strengthens the correlation between melanogenesis and anti-oxidants, demonstrating the induction of catalase in response to a melanogenic stimulation, such as α-MSH-dependent MC1R activation. Moreover, this study highlights catalase regulatory mechanisms poorly known, and attributes to α-MSH a protective role in defending melanocytes, and possibly keratinocytes, not only on the basis of its pigmentary action, but also for its capacity to stimulate a quick anti-oxidant defence.