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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525626/skin-pigmentation-and-risk-of-hearing-loss-in-women
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Brian M Lin, Wen-Qing Li, Sharon G Curhan, Konstantina M Stankovic, Abrar A Qureshi, Gary C Curhan
Black individuals have a lower risk of hearing loss than do whites, possibly because of differences in cochlear melanocytes. Previous studies have suggested that darker-skinned individuals tend to have more inner ear melanin, and cochlear melanocytes are important in generating the endocochlear potential. We investigated the relationship between self-reported hearing loss and skin pigmentation by using hair color, skin tanning ability, and skin reaction to prolonged sun exposure as surrogate measures of pigmentation among 49,323 white women in the Nurses' Health Study...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457509/haplotypes-from-the-slc45a2-gene-are-associated-with-the-presence-of-freckles-and-eye-hair-and-skin-pigmentation-in-brazil
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Nádia Carolina de Aguiar Fracasso, Edilene Santos de Andrade, Cláudia Emília Vieira Wiezel, Claudia Caixeta Franco Andrade, Lídia Renata Zanão, Mateus Spinelli da Silva, Leonardo Arduino Marano, Eduardo Antônio Donadi, Erick C Castelli, Aguinaldo Luiz Simões, Celso Teixeira Mendes-Junior
The Solute Carrier Family 45, Member 2 (SLC45A2) gene encodes the Membrane-Associated Transporter Protein (MATP), which mediates melanin synthesis by tyrosinase trafficking and proton transportation to melanosomes. At least two SLC45A2 coding SNPs [E272K (rs26722) and L374F (rs16891982)] were reported influencing normal variation of human pigmentation. Here we aimed at evaluating the influence of haplotypes of 12 SNPs within SLC45A2 in the determination of eye, hair and skin pigmentation in a highly admixed population sample and comparing their frequencies with the ones found in data retrieved from the 1000 Genomes Project...
March 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447351/estimating-melanin-location-in-the-pigmented-skin-lesions-by-hue-saturation-lightness-color-space-values-of-dermoscopic-images
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Sakai, Yoshimi Ando, Kuniko Ikinaga, Masaru Tanaka
The depth of melanin in the skin can be estimated roughly by observation of the color exhibited on dermoscopy. Currently, there are no objective methods to estimate it. The aim of the present study was to clarify the relationship between the depth of melanin in the skin and the color variation exhibited, and to objectively estimate the 3-D location of melanin in the pigmented skin lesions from dermoscopic images. Representative colors in dermoscopic images of acral compound nevus, Spitz nevus and blue nevus were evaluated by the subjectively perceived color on dermoscopy and objective values in hue-saturation-lightness color space values...
May 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427902/effects-of-different-green-light-intensities-on-the-growth-performance-and-endocrine-properties-of-barfin-flounder-verasper-moseri
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Akiyoshi Takahashi, Satoshi Kasagi, Naoto Murakami, Sumihisa Furufuji, Shigeto Kikuchi, Kanta Mizusawa, Tadashi Andoh
We previously reported that the somatic growth of barfin flounder, Verasper moseri, was effectively stimulated by the green light compared to the blue and red lights. Herein, we report the effects of different green light intensities on the growth and endocrine system of the fish. Fish were reared in a dark room with light from a light-emitting diode (LED) at a peak wavelength of 518nm under controlled photoperiod (10.5:13.5h, light:dark cycle; 06:00-16:30, light) with three levels of photon flux density (PFD)-2 (low), 7 (medium), or 21 (high) μmol·m(-2)·s(-1) at the water surface...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350034/spectrophotometric-analysis-at-the-single-cell-level-elucidating-dispersity-within-melanic-immortalized-cell-populations
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Luis Polo-Parada, Gerardo Gutiérrez-Juárez, David Cywiak, Rafael Pérez-Solano, Gary A Baker
It is widely held that the melanosome is an exemplar of the absorption features of melanin-containing cells, which are assumed to be uniform in both size and optical characteristics. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly apparent that this is a strikingly poor assumption. Indeed, melanin extracted from natural sources and synthetic melanin both show wide variability in their degree of polymerization (molecular weight) and spectroscopic characteristics. In the current study, imaging spectrophotometry performed on individual cells of immortalized melanin-producing cell lines revealed broad distributions in their sizes: 9...
May 2, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330217/sulfitolytic-and-keratinolytic-potential-of-chryseobacterium-sp-rbt-revealed-hydrolysis-of-melanin-containing-feathers
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Ranjit G Gurav, Jingchun Tang, Jyoti P Jadhav
In black feathers, melanin is embedded in keratin matrix that makes feather more resistance to the microbial degradation. Chryseobacterium sp. RBT previously isolated from the poultry waste disposable site revealed strong sulfitolytic and keratinolytic activities. Maximum keratinase activity was observed at 48 h (89.12 U ml(-1)) showed 83 % of native black feather degradation. The concentration of free sulfhydryl groups released during degradation was 0.648 × 10(-4) M (12 h), 2.144 × 10(-4) M (96 h), and however, declined on prolong incubation to 1...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316605/detection-of-potential-chloroplastic-substrates-for-polyphenol-oxidase-suggests-a-role-in-undamaged-leaves
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Tinne Boeckx, Ana Winters, K Judith Webb, Alison H Kingston-Smith
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs) have a recognized role during pathogen and arthropod attack. As an immediate consequence of such wounding, cellular compartmentation is destroyed allowing the chloroplastic PPO enzyme to interact with vacuolar substrates catalyzing the oxidation of monophenols and/or o-diphenols to o-diquinones. This ultimately results in a reduction in the nutritional value of wounded tissue through the formation of non-digestible secondary melanin pigments. However, the chloroplastic location of PPO enzyme could indicate a role for PPO in undamaged tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283753/cosmetic-applications-of-glucitol-core-containing-gallotannins-from-a-proprietary-phenolic-enriched-red-maple-acer-rubrum-leaves-extract-inhibition-of-melanogenesis-via-down-regulation-of-tyrosinase-and-melanogenic-gene-expression-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells
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Hang Ma, Jialin Xu, Nicholas A DaSilva, Ling Wang, Zhengxi Wei, Liangran Guo, Shelby L Johnson, Wei Lu, Jun Xu, Qiong Gu, Navindra P Seeram
The red maple (Acer rubrum) is a rich source of phenolic compounds which possess galloyl groups attached to different positions of a 1,5-anhydro-D-glucitol core. While these glucitol-core containing gallotannins (GCGs) have reported anti-oxidant and anti-glycative effects, they have not yet been evaluated for their cosmetic applications. Herein, the anti-tyrosinase and anti-melanogenic effects of a proprietary phenolic-enriched red maple leaves extract [Maplifa(™); contains ca. 45% ginnalin A (GA) along with other GCGs] were investigated using enzyme and cellular assays...
May 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242435/liposomal-delivery-of-ferrous-chlorophyllin-a-novel-third-generation-photosensitizer-for-in-vitro-pdt-of-melanoma
#9
Iman Gomaa, Aya Sebak, Nagia Afifi, Mahmoud Abdel-Kader
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous melanoma (CM) has substantially increased among Caucasian populations in the past few decades. This increased the number of CM deaths throughout the world. Pigmentation of melanoma reduces the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Third generation photosensitizers (PSs) are characterized by improved targeting to the diseased tissue and reduced systemic side effects. This study is directed towards synthesis and characterization of liposomes encapsulating sodium ferrous chlorophyllin (Fe-CHL) and assessing its efficacy as a PS in PDT of melanoma...
February 24, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193726/genetic-basis-of-melanin-pigmentation-in-butterfly-wings
#10
Linlin Zhang, Arnaud Martin, Michael W Perry, Karin R L van der Burg, Yuji Matsuoka, Antónia Monteiro, Robert D Reed
Despite the variety, prominence, and adaptive significance of butterfly wing patterns, surprisingly little is known about the genetic basis of wing color diversity. Even though there is intense interest in wing pattern evolution and development, the technical challenge of genetically manipulating butterflies has slowed efforts to functionally characterize color pattern development genes. To identify candidate wing pigmentation genes, we used RNA sequencing to characterize transcription across multiple stages of butterfly wing development, and between different color pattern elements, in the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui This allowed us to pinpoint genes specifically associated with red and black pigment patterns...
April 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024137/-secrets-of-the-red-headed
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REVIEW
Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Małgorzata Kowalik, Adam Jagodziński
Only 1-2% of people is red-headed but in the Russian Udmurt Republic or United Kingdom they can be met more often. A specific variant of MC1R gene (R allele) is responsible for the red hair. The gene encodes a receptor for melanocortins. These substances stimulate melanocytes to product melanin- a dye of the skin which is transported to keratinocytes. It protects a cellular nucleus from ultraviolet radiation. Melanin has two types: eumelanin which is dark brown or even black and red/orange pheomelanin. The second one is mostly observed in red-headed which is caused by R allele...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003770/advances-in-the-management-of-erythropoietic-protoporphyria-role-of-afamelanotide
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REVIEW
Ashley M Lane, Jerome T McKay, Herbert L Bonkovsky
Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) and the phenotypically similar disease X-linked protoporphyria (XLPP) are inherited cutaneous porphyrias characterized clinically by acute non-blistering photosensitivity, intolerance to sunlight, and significantly reduced quality of life. They are due to marked overproduction of protoporphyrin (PP) chiefly by erythroblasts and reticulocytes. In EPP, the underlying genetic defect is in the ferrochelatase gene, which encodes the final enzyme in the heme synthetic pathway. In XLPP, the genetic defect is a gain-of-function mutation, usually a four-base deletion, in the gene that encodes the enzyme 5-aminolevulinic acid synthase-2, the first and rate-controlling enzyme of heme synthesis in developing red blood cells...
2016: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816487/arylalkylamine-n-acetyltransferase-1-gene-tcaanat1-is-required-for-cuticle-morphology-and-pigmentation-of-the-adult-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Mi Young Noh, Bonwoo Koo, Karl J Kramer, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Yasuyuki Arakane
In the insect cuticle tanning pathway (sclerotization and pigmentation), the enzyme arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) catalyzes the acetylation of dopamine to form N-acetyldopamine (NADA), which is one of the major precursors for quinone-mediated tanning. In this study we characterized and investigated the function of TcAANAT1 in cuticle pigmentation of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. We isolated a full length TcAANAT1 cDNA that encodes a protein of 256 amino acid residues with a predicted GCN5-related acetyltransferase domain containing an acetyl-CoA binding motif...
November 2, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720067/cuticle-formation-and-pigmentation-in-beetles
#14
Mi Young Noh, Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Karl J Kramer, Yasuyuki Arakane
Adult beetles (Coleoptera) are covered primarily by a hard exoskeleton or cuticle. For example, the beetle elytron is a cuticle-rich highly modified forewing structure that shields the underlying hindwing and dorsal body surface from a variety of harmful environmental factors by acting as an armor plate. The elytron comes in a variety of colors and shapes depending on the coleopteran species. As in many other insect species, the cuticular tanning pathway begins with tyrosine and is responsible for production of a variety of melanin-like and other types of pigments...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712654/thermal-and-substrate-color-induced-melanization-in-laboratory-reared-red-eared-sliders-trachemys-scripta-elegans
#15
John W Rowe, David L Clark, Rebecca A Mortensen, Carolyn V Commissaris, Lawrence W Wittle, John K Tucker
Color and pigmentation patterns of the integument can facilitate crypsis, thermoregulation, and social signaling. According to the "thermal melanism hypothesis", cold environmental temperature should increase the quantity of melanin that is deposited in the integument thereby facilitating radiative warming. We studied the influences of water temperature (26°C or 31°C) and substrate color (black or white) on the degree of melanization in the red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, under laboratory conditions...
October 2016: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707865/testosterone-activates-sexual-dimorphism-including-male-typical-carotenoid-but-not-melanin-plumage-pigmentation-in-a-female-bird
#16
Willow R Lindsay, Douglas G Barron, Michael S Webster, Hubert Schwabl
In males it is frequently testosterone (T) that activates the expression of sexually selected morphological and behavioral displays, but the role of T in regulating similar traits in females is less clear. Here, we combine correlational data with results from T and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) manipulations in both sexes to assess the role of T in mediating sexually dimorphic coloration and morphology in the red-backed fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus). We show that: (1) natural variation in female expression of ornamental traits (darkened bills and red back feathers) is positively associated with age and circulating androgen titres, (2) females have the capacity to express most male-typical traits in response to exogenous T, including carotenoid-pigmented body plumage, shorter feathers, darkened bill and enlarged cloacal protuberance, but (3) appear constrained in production of male-typical melanin-pigmented plumage, and (4) low androgen levels during the pre-nuptial molt, probably because of low ovarian capacity for steroid production (or luteinizing hormone sensitivity), prevent females from developing male-like ornamentation...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680482/objective-spectrometric-measurement-of-keloid-color-in-the-east-asian-population-pitfalls-of-subjective-color-measurements
#17
Masayo Aoki, Satoshi Akaishi, Junichi Nakao, Teruyuki Dohi, Hiko Hyakusoku, Rei Ogawa
BACKGROUND: Keloids are characterized by the formation of excessive scar tissue that extends beyond the area of the initial wound. Keloid redness is due to angiogenesis and chronic inflammation and is an important indicator of the severity of the lesion and the effectiveness of treatment. METHODS: The color of 33 untreated keloids from 30 patients was measured with a narrow-band reflectance colorimeter. The erythema and melanin levels in the keloids (Ek and Mk, respectively) were recorded with control data obtained from the flexor aspect of the forearm (Ec and Mc, respectively)...
2016: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27563719/integration-of-next-generation-sequencing-and-epr-analysis-to-uncover-molecular-mechanism-underlying-shell-color-variation-in-scallops
#18
Xiujun Sun, Zhihong Liu, Liqing Zhou, Biao Wu, Yinghui Dong, Aiguo Yang
The Yesso scallop Patinopecten yessoensis displays polymorphism in shell colors, which is of great interest for the scallop industry. To identify genes involved in the shell coloration, in the present study, we investigate the transcriptome differences by Illumina digital gene expression (DGE) analysis in two extreme color phenotypes, Red and White. Illumina sequencing yields a total of 62,715,364 clean sequence reads, and more than 85% reads are mapped into our previously sequenced transcriptome. There are 25 significantly differentially expressed genes between Red and White scallops...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525030/unique-wing-scale-photonics-of-male-rajah-brooke-s-birdwing-butterflies
#19
Bodo D Wilts, Marco A Giraldo, Doekele G Stavenga
BACKGROUND: Ultrastructures in butterfly wing scales can take many shapes, resulting in the often striking coloration of many butterflies due to interference of light. The plethora of coloration mechanisms is dazzling, but often only single mechanisms are described for specific animals. RESULTS: We have here investigated the male Rajah Brooke's birdwing, Trogonoptera brookiana, a large butterfly from Malaysia, which is marked by striking, colorful wing patterns...
2016: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27516655/anti-freckles-herbal-treatment-in-iranian-traditional-medicine
#20
Sara Zakerin, Shirin Fahimi, Maedeh Rezghi
BACKGROUND: Freckles are numerous pigmented spots of the skin, mainly confined to the face, even arms and back. Although freckles are light-brown macules, most frequently observed in individuals with red or blond hair, they are common to Asian people too. Freckles increase in number, size, and depth of pigmentation during the summer months. Histologically, freckles show increased production of melanin pigment by a normal number of melanocytes. Freckles commonly stop spreading before adolescence and last for life, but could sometimes be subtle in adulthood...
May 2016: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
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