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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718807/melanin-and-melanin-related-polymers-as-materials-with-biomedical-and-biotechnological-applications-cuttlefish-ink-and-mussel-foot-proteins-as-inspired-biomolecules
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REVIEW
Francisco Solano
The huge development of bioengineering during the last years has boosted the search for new bioinspired materials, with tunable chemical, mechanical, and optoelectronic properties for the design of semiconductors, batteries, biosensors, imaging and therapy probes, adhesive hydrogels, tissue restoration, photoprotectors, etc. These new materials should complement or replace metallic or organic polymers that cause cytotoxicity and some adverse health effects. One of the most interesting biomaterials is melanin and synthetic melanin-related molecules...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716921/toll-ligand-sp%C3%A3-tzle3-controls-melanization-in-the-stripe-pattern-formation-in-caterpillars
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Yûsuke KonDo, Shinichi Yoda, Takayuki Mizoguchi, Toshiya Ando, Junichi Yamaguchi, Kimiko Yamamoto, Yutaka Banno, Haruhiko Fujiwara
A stripe pattern is an aposematic or camouflage coloration often observed among various caterpillars. However, how this ecologically important pattern is formed is largely unknown. The silkworm dominant mutant Zebra (Ze) has a black stripe in the anterior margin of each dorsal segment. Here, fine linkage mapping of 3,135 larvae revealed a 63-kbp region responsible for the Ze locus, which contained three candidate genes, including the Toll ligand gene spätzle3 (spz-3). Both electroporation-mediated ectopic expression and RNAi analyses showed that, among candidate genes, only processed spz-3 induced melanin pigmentation and that Toll-8 was the candidate receptor gene of spz-3 This Toll ligand/receptor set is also involved in melanization of other mutant Striped (p(S) ), which has broader stripes...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715455/synthetic-melanin-bound-to-subunit-vaccine-antigens-significantly-enhances-cd8-t-cell-responses
#3
Antoine F Carpentier, Frédéric Geinguenaud, Thi Tran, Floraly Sejalon, Antoine Martin, Laurence Motte, Eric Tartour, Claire Banissi
Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) play a key role in immunity against cancer; however, the induction of CTL responses with currently available vaccines remains difficult. Because several reports have suggested that pigmentation and immunity might be functionally linked, we investigated whether melanin can act as an adjuvant in vaccines. Short synthetic peptides (8-35 amino acids long) containing T-cell epitopes were mixed with a solution of L-Dopa, a precursor of melanin. The mixture was then oxidized to generate nanoparticles of melanin-bound peptides...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713957/soyasaponin%C3%A2-ag-inhibits-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-msh%C3%A2-induced-melanogenesis-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells-via-the-downregulation-of-trp%C3%A2-2
#4
Seung Hwan Yang, Aristides M Tsatsakis, George Tzanakakis, Hong-Suk Kim, Bao Le, Maria Sifaki, Demetrios A Spandidos, Chigen Tsukamoto, Kirill S Golokhvast, Boris N Izotov, Gyuhwa Chung
Saponins, which are glycosylated, represent a diverse group of biologically functional products in plants. In the present study, we investigated the effects of soyasaponin Ag, a secondary metabolite extracted from soybean, on α‑melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α‑MSH)‑induced melanin synthesis in B16F10 mouse melanoma cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms. To elucidate the mechanisms through which soyasaponin Ag inhibits melanin synthesis, we performed cellular tyrosinase activity assays and analyzed the expression of the melanogenesis‑related genes, tyrosinase, tyrosinase‑related protein (TRP)‑1 and TRP‑2...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712192/journey-from-black-to-pink-gums-management-of-melanin-induced-physiological-gingival-hyper-pigmentation
#5
Huma Farid, Muhammad Saad Shinwari, Farhan Raza Khan, Farzin Tanwir
Smile is an expression of happiness, self-confidence, kindness and beauty. Along with teeth and lips, gingiva is also a vital component of smile. Melanin induced gingival hyper pigmentation may appear un-aesthetic especially when it is associated with high smile line, upper anterior labial segment and is uneven in appearance. It affects individuals from all races. Generally, it is believed that melanin induced gingival hyper pigmentation is confined to individuals from dark races. But studies have shown that Iranian, Indian, Italian, Arabian, Greek...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711237/precise-role-of-dermal-fibroblasts-on-melanocyte-pigmentation
#6
REVIEW
Yinjuan Wang, Céline Viennet, Sophie Robin, Jean-Yves Berthon, Li He, Philippe Humbert
Dermal fibroblasts are traditionally recognized as synthesizing, remodeling and depositing collagen and extracellular matrix, the structural framework for tissues, helping to bring thickness and firmness to the skin. However, the role of fibroblasts on skin pigmentation arouses concern recently. More is known about the interactions between epidermal melanocytes and keratinocytes. This review highlights the importance of fibroblast-derived melanogenic paracrine mediators in the regulation of melanocyte activities...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709906/effects-of-feeding-time-on-daily-rhythms-of-neuropeptide-and-clock-gene-expression-in-the-rat-hypothalamus
#7
Dawei Wang, Anne-Loes Opperhuizen, Jane Reznick, Nigel Turner, Yan Su, Gregory J Cooney, Andries Kalsbeek
Shiftworkers are exposed to several adverse health conditions, one being eating at night. Food consumption at an unnatural time-of-day is thought to be one of the main factors responsible for the increased risk of developing metabolic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes mellitus. The underlying mechanism is considered to include disruption of the circadian organization of physiology, leading to disruption of metabolism. When food is consumed at night, the hypothalamus, a brain region central to homeostasis, receives contradicting input from the central clock and the systemic circulation...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705394/melanization-and-ageing-are-not-drawbacks-for-successful-agro-transformation-of-dark-septate-endophytes
#8
Charlotte Berthelot, Yoann Perrin, Corinne Leyval, Damien Blaudez
Dark septate endophytes (DSEs) are melanin-enriched ascomycetous fungi that are abundant in stressed environments. However, little is known about their physiology and metabolism, and DSE genes have not been functionally characterized yet. Therefore developing molecular genetic tools to investigate the biological function of genes of interest in DSEs is of major significance. We investigated Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation (ATMT) efficiency in eight DSE strains belonging to Cadophora sp., Cadophora malorum, Leptodontidium sp...
August 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705285/childhood-onset-keratosis-lichenoides-chronica-accompanied-by-severe-hair-loss
#9
Sibel Dogan, Efsun Kılınç, Gül Erkin Özaygen, Nilgün Atakan, Özay Gököz, Sibel Ersoy Evans
A 37-year-old woman attended the dermatology outpatient clinic because of recent hair loss from the eyebrows and axillae. Her past medical history revealed mild generalized erythema and hyperpigmented papules and plaques since childhood. On dermatologic examination, there were flat-topped, purple to brown hyperkeratotic lichenoid papules and linear plaques on the elbows, trunk, and buttocks, some of which coalesced into hyperpigmented reticular plaques on the axillae, neck, and groin. Mild erythema was noted...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701867/effects-of-korean-ginseng-berry-on-skin-antipigmentation-and-antiaging-via-foxo3a-activation
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Juewon Kim, Si Young Cho, Su Hwan Kim, Donghyun Cho, Sunmi Kim, Chan-Woong Park, Takahiko Shimizu, Jae Youl Cho, Dae Bang Seo, Song Seok Shin
BACKGROUND: The ginseng berry has various bioactivities, including antidiabetic, anticancer, antiinflammatory, and antioxidative properties. Moreover, we have revealed that the active antiaging component of the ginseng berry, syringaresinol, has the ability to stimulate longevity via gene activation. Despite the many known beneficial effects of ginseng, its effects on skin aging are poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of ginseng and the ginseng berry on one of the skin aging processes, melanogenesis, and age-related pigment lipofuscin accumulation, to elucidate the mechanism of action with respect to antiaging...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699287/an-alternative-method-for-the-analysis-of-melanin-production-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-sensu-lato-and-cryptococcus-gattii-sensu-lato
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Raimunda S N Brilhante, Jaime D A España, Lucas P de Alencar, Vandbergue S Pereira, Débora de S C M Castelo-Branco, Waldemiro de A Pereira-Neto, Rossana de A Cordeiro, José J C Sidrim, Marcos F G Rocha
Melanin is an important virulence factor for several microorganisms, including Cryptococcus neoformans sensu lato and Cryptococcus gattii sensu lato, thus, the assessment of melanin production and its quantification may contribute to the understanding of microbial pathogenesis. The objective of this study was to standardise an alternative method for the production and indirect quantification of melanin in C. neoformans sensu lato and C. gattii sensu lato. Eight C. neoformans sensu lato and three C. gattii sensu lato, identified through URA5 methodology, Candida parapsilosis ATCC 22019 (negative control) and one Hortaea werneckii (positive control) were inoculated on minimal medium agar with or without L-DOPA, in duplicate, and incubated at 35°C, for 7 days...
July 12, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699220/melanin-pigmentation-and-melanoma
#12
EDITORIAL
Mauro Picardo, Andrzej T Slominski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697505/the-importance-of-11%C3%AE-oh-15-oxo-and-16-en-moieties-of-11%C3%AE-hydroxy-15-oxo-kaur-16-en-19-oic-acid-in-its-inhibitory-activity-on-melanogenesis
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Azusa Kuroi, Koji Sugimura, Ayako Kumagai, Arihiro Kohara, Yasuo Nagaoka, Hidehisa Kawahara, Minori Yamahara, Nobuo Kawahara, Hiroshi Takemori, Hiroyuki Fuchino
Cosmetic industries have an interest in exploring and developing materials that have the potential to regulate melanin synthesis in human skin. Although melanin protects the skin from ultraviolet irradiation, excess melanin can be undesirable, particularly on the face where spots or freckles are associated with an appearance of aging. In this study, we found that ent-11α-hydroxy-15-oxo-kaur-16-en-19-oic acid (11α-OH KA) in Pteris dispar Kunze strongly inhibited melanin synthesis by suppressing tyrosinase gene expression...
July 12, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697413/using-size-exclusion-chromatography-to-monitor-the-synthesis-of-melanins-from-catecholamines
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Koen P Vercruysse, Astiney M Clark, Paola A F Bello, Majidah Alhumaidi
We have employed size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to the study of the auto- and Cu(2+)-mediated oxidation of the catecholamines, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine, into melanins. We observed that, due to non-size exclusion-mediated effects, the catecholamines and some of the low molecular mass intermediates generated during the oxidation reactions, could be resolved from each other and from the high molecular mass pigment generated. Thus, SEC allowed us to monitor the disappearance of the catecholamine starting compounds, the appearance and subsequent disappearance of the low molecular mass chromophores generated in the initial phase of the reactions and the appearance of the high molecular mass melanins...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695333/the-initial-analysis-of-a-serine-proteinase-gene-accsp10-from-apis-cerana-cerana-possible-involvement-in-pupal-development-innate-immunity-and-abiotic-stress-responses
#15
Lijun Gao, Hongfang Wang, Zhenguo Liu, Shuchang Liu, Guangdong Zhao, Baohua Xu, Xingqi Guo
Serine proteinases play important roles in innate immunity and insect development. We isolated a serine proteinase gene, designated AccSp10, from the Chinese honeybees (Apis cerana cerana). RT-qPCR and a Western blot analysis at different pupal development stages indicated that AccSp10 might be involved in melanin formation in pupae and promote pupal development. In adult workers, the expression of AccSp10 was upregulated by treatments mimicking harmful environments such as the presence of Bacillus bombysepticus, different temperatures (4, 24 and 42 °C), HgCl2, H2O2 and paraquat; the exception was treatment with VC (vitamin C), which did not upregulate AccSp10 expression...
July 11, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695326/anti-melanogenic-effect-of-gomisin-n-from-schisandra-chinensis-turcz-baillon-schisandraceae-in-melanoma-cells
#16
JungNo Lee, Hwa Sun Ryu, Jae-Moon Kim, Tae-Hwa Jung, Sung-Min Park, Yong-Moon Lee
Overproduction and accumulation of melanin in the skin can lead to pigmentation disorders, such as freckles and melasma. Many researchers are studying the regulation of melanogenesis in the skin with the aim of developing whitening cosmetics. In this study, bioactivity-guided separation of the hexane fraction of Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baillon extract yielded five major compounds, β-chamigrenal, α-ylangenol, gomisin N, gomisin A, and schisandrin. The structures were identified by using (1)H-NMR and (13)C-NMR spectroscopy and comparing the spectral data with published data...
July 10, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691067/mimicking-melanosomes-polydopamine-nanoparticles-as-artificial-microparasols
#17
Yuran Huang, Yiwen Li, Ziying Hu, Xiujun Yue, Maria T Proetto, Ying Jones, Nathan C Gianneschi
A primary role of melanin in skin is the prevention of UV-induced nuclear DNA damage to human skin cells, where it serves to screen out harmful UV radiation. Melanin is delivered to keratinocytes in the skin after being excreted as melanosomes from melanocytes. Defects in melanin production in humans can cause diseases, many of which currently lack effective treatments due to their genetic origins (e.g., skin cancer, vitiligo, and albinism). The widespread prevalence of melanin-related diseases and an increasing interest in the performance of various polymeric materials related to melanin necessitates novel synthetic routes for preparing melanin-like materials...
June 28, 2017: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690095/evolution-of-polyketide-synthesis-in-a-dothideomycete-forest-pathogen
#18
I Kutay Ozturk, Pranav Chettri, Pierre-Yves Dupont, Irene Barnes, Rebecca L McDougal, Geromy G Moore, Andre Sim, Rosie E Bradshaw
Fungal secondary metabolites have many important biological roles and some, like the toxic polyketide aflatoxin, have been intensively studied at the genetic level. Complete sets of polyketide synthase (PKS) genes can now be identified in fungal pathogens by whole genome sequencing and studied in order to predict the biosynthetic potential of those fungi. The pine needle pathogen Dothistroma septosporum is predicted to have only three functional PKS genes, a small number for a hemibiotrophic fungus. One of these genes is required for production of dothistromin, a polyketide virulence factor related to aflatoxin, whose biosynthetic genes are dispersed across one chromosome rather than being clustered...
July 6, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689798/ethyl-acetate-extract-from-panax-ginseng-c-a-meyer-and-its-main-constituents-inhibit-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-induced-melanogenesis-by-suppressing-oxidative-stress-in-b16-mouse-melanoma-cells
#19
Rui Jiang, Xiao-Hao Xu, Ke Wang, Xin-Zhao Yang, Ying-Fei Bi, Yao Yan, Jian-Zeng Liu, Xue-Nan Chen, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Xiao-Li Guo, Da-Qing Zhao, Li-Wei Sun
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hyperpigmentation disease involves darkening of the skin color due to melanin overproduction. Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine and has a long history of use as a skin lightener to inhibit melanin formation in China, Korea and some other Asian countries. However, the constituents and the molecular mechanisms by which they affect melanogenesis are not fully clear. AIM OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to identify the active ingredient in Panax ginseng C...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684314/inhibitory-effect-of-5-iodotubercidin-on-pigmentation
#20
Kyung-Il Kim, Hae Bong Jeong, Hyunju Ro, Jeung-Hoon Lee, Chang Deok Kim, Tae-Jin Yoon
Melanin pigments are the primary contributors for the skin color. They are produced in melanocytes and then transferred to keratinocytes, eventually giving various colors on skin surface. Although many depigmenting and/or skin-lightening agents have been developed, there is still a growing demand on materials for reducing pigmentation. We attempted to find materials for depigmentation and/or skin-lightening using the small molecule compounds commercially available, and found that 5-iodotubercidin had inhibitory potential on pigmentation...
July 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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