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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730346/gyrfalcons-falco-rusticolus-adjust-ctns-expression-to-food-abundance-a-possible-contribution-to-cysteine-homeostasis
#1
Ismael Galván, Ângela Inácio, Ólafur K Nielsen
Melanins form the basis of animal pigmentation. When the sulphurated form of melanin, termed pheomelanin, is synthesized, the sulfhydryl group of cysteine is incorporated to the pigment structure. This may constrain physiological performance because it consumes the most important intracellular antioxidant (i.e., glutathione, GSH), of which cysteine is a constitutive amino acid. However, this may also help avoid excess cysteine, which is toxic. Pheomelanin synthesis is regulated by several genes, some of them exerting this regulation by controlling the transport of cysteine in melanocytes...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714883/nmr-insights-into-the-structure-function-relationships-in-the-binding-of-melanocortin-analogues-to-the-mc1r-receptor
#2
Maurício Morais, Héctor Zamora-Carreras, Paula D Raposinho, Maria Cristina Oliveira, David Pantoja-Uceda, João D G Correia, M Angeles Jiménez
Linear and cyclic analogues of the α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) targeting the human melanocortin receptor 1 (MC1R) are of pharmacological interest for detecting and treating melanoma. The central sequence of α-MSH (His-Phe-Arg-Trp) has been identified as being essential for receptor binding. To deepen current knowledge on the molecular basis for α-MSH bioactivity, we aimed to understand the effect of cycle size on receptor binding. To that end, we synthesised two macrocyclic isomeric α-MSH analogues, c[NH-NO₂-C₆H₃-CO-His-DPhe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-Lys-NH₂ (CycN-K6) and c[NH-NO₂-C₆H₃-CO-His-DPhe-Arg-Trp-Lys-Lys]-NH₂ (CycN-K7)...
July 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699792/novel-approaches-to-the-design-of-bioavailable-melanotropins
#3
Yang Zhou, Minying Cai
The melanocortin system is a primordial and critical system for survival, involved in a wide variety of physiological functions. It includes melanocortin receptors (MCRs) and melanotropin ligands (MCLs). MCRs are important drug targets that can regulate several key physiological processes. Extensive efforts have been made to develop peptide and peptidomimetics targeting melanocortin receptors including MC1R, MC3R, MC4R and MC5R. Most research is focused on developing potent and selective melanotropins. However, developing bioavailable melanotropins remains challenging...
July 12, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699279/a-new-dominant-haplotype-of-mc1r-gene-in-chinese-black-plumage-chicken
#4
Gong-Wei Zhang, Yonglan Liao, Wen-Xiu Zhang, Yuhui Wu, Anfang Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 11, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677151/getting-a-tan-without-getting-sik
#5
John D'Orazio
It has been more than a decade since the Fisher lab reported that epidermal eumelanin could be robustly up-regulated by topical application of forskolin, an adenylyl cyclase activator that bypassed a defective melanocortin 1 receptor (Mc1r) to promote melanin synthesis. Eumelanin induction protected fair-skinned mice from UV damage using an animal model that recapitulates many of the features of pigmented human epidermis. Through constitutive production of stem cell factor (Kit ligand) in the basal epidermis, the K14-Scf transgenic mouse retains interfollicular melanocytes in the skin and therefore accumulates melanin pigments in the epidermis...
July 5, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676950/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-molecular-mechanism-underlying-gray-to-red-body-color-formation-in-red-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-red-var
#6
Yongqin Zhang, Jinhui Liu, Liangyue Peng, Li Ren, Huiqin Zhang, Lijun Zou, Wenbin Liu, Yamei Xiao
Red crucian carp (Carassius auratus red var.) is an ornamental fish with vivid red/orange color. It has been found that the adult body color of this strain forms a gray-to-red change. In this study, skin transcriptomes of red crucian carp are first obtained for three different stages of body color development, named by gray-color (GC), color-variation (CV), and red-color (RC) stages, respectively. From the skins of GC, CV, and RC, 103,229; 108,208; and 120,184 transcripts have been identified, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676423/functional-interplay-between-secreted-ligands-and-receptors-in-melanoma
#7
REVIEW
Cecilia Herraiz, Celia Jiménez-Cervantes, Berta Sánchez-Laorden, José C García-Borrón
Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, results from the malignant transformation of melanocytes located in the basement membrane separating the epidermal and dermal skin compartments. Cutaneous melanoma is often initiated by solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-induced mutations. Melanocytes intimately interact with keratinocytes, which provide growth factors and melanocortin peptides acting as paracrine regulators of proliferation and differentiation. Keratinocyte-derived melanocortins activate melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) to protect melanocytes from the carcinogenic effect of UVR...
July 1, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651519/analysis-of-the-genetic-variation-in-mitochondrial-dna-y-chromosome-sequences-and-mc1r-sheds-light-on-the-ancestry-of-nigerian-indigenous-pigs
#8
Adeniyi C Adeola, Olufunke O Oluwole, Bukola M Oladele, Temilola O Olorungbounmi, Bamidele Boladuro, Sunday C Olaogun, Lotanna M Nneji, Oscar J Sanke, Philip M Dawuda, Ofelia G Omitogun, Laurent Frantz, Robert W Murphy, Hai-Bing Xie, Min-Sheng Peng, Ya-Ping Zhang
BACKGROUND: The history of pig populations in Africa remains controversial due to insufficient evidence from archaeological and genetic data. Previously, a Western ancestry for West African pigs was reported based on loci that are involved in the determination of coat color. We investigated the genetic diversity of Nigerian indigenous pigs (NIP) by simultaneously analyzing variation in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome sequence and the melanocortin receptor 1 (MC1R) gene. RESULTS: Median-joining network analysis of mtDNA D-loop sequences from 201 NIP and previously characterized loci clustered NIP with populations from the West (Europe/North Africa) and East/Southeast Asia...
June 26, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647318/expression-of-genes-for-melanotropic-peptides-and-their-receptors-for-morphological-color-change-in-goldfish-carassius-auratus
#9
Kanta Mizusawa, Yutaka Yamamura, Satoshi Kasagi, José Miguel Cerdá-Reverter, Akiyoshi Takahashi
To evaluate the association of the melanotropic peptides and their receptors for morphological color change, we investigated the effects of changes in background color, between white and black, on xanthophore density in the scales and expression levels of genes for hormonal peptides and corresponding receptors (MCH-R2, MC1R, and MC5R) in goldfish (Carassius auratus). The xanthophore density in both dorsal and ventral scales increased after transfer from a white to black background. However, xanthophore density in dorsal scales increased after transfer from a black to white background, and that of ventral scales decreased after transfer from a black-to-black background, which served as the control...
June 21, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614705/a-uv-independent-topical-small-molecule-approach-for-melanin-production-in-human-skin
#10
Nisma Mujahid, Yanke Liang, Ryo Murakami, Hwan Geun Choi, Allison S Dobry, Jinhua Wang, Yusuke Suita, Qing Yu Weng, Jennifer Allouche, Lajos V Kemeny, Andrea L Hermann, Elisabeth M Roider, Nathanael S Gray, David E Fisher
The presence of dark melanin (eumelanin) within human epidermis represents one of the strongest predictors of low skin cancer risk. Topical rescue of eumelanin synthesis, previously achieved in "redhaired" Mc1r-deficient mice, demonstrated significant protection against UV damage. However, application of a topical strategy for human skin pigmentation has not been achieved, largely due to the greater barrier function of human epidermis. Salt-inducible kinase (SIK) has been demonstrated to regulate MITF, the master regulator of pigment gene expression, through its effects on CRTC and CREB activity...
June 13, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607006/nr4a2-promotes-dna-double-strand-break-repair-upon-exposure-to-uvr
#11
Kelvin Yin, Yash Chhabra, Romain Tropée, Yi Chieh Lim, Mitchell Fane, Eloise Dray, Richard Sturm, Aaron G Smith
Exposure of melanocytes to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) induces the formation of UV-lesions that can produce deleterious effects in genomic DNA. Encounters of replication forks with unrepaired UV-lesions can lead to several complex phenomena, such as the formation of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs). The NR4A family of nuclear receptors are transcription factors that have been associated with mediating DNA repair functions downstream of the MC1R signalling pathway in melanocytes. In particular, emerging evidence shows that upon DNA damage, the NR4A2 receptor can translocate to sites of UV-lesion by mechanisms requiring post-translational modifications within the N-terminal domain and at a serine residue in the DNA biding domain at position 337...
June 12, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599948/fish-pigmentation-and-the-melanocortin-system
#12
REVIEW
Laura Cal, Paula Suarez-Bregua, José Miguel Cerdá-Reverter, Ingo Braasch, Josep Rotllant
The melanocortin system is a complex neuroendocrine signaling mechanism involved in numerous physiological processes in vertebrates, including pigmentation, steroidogenesis and metabolic control. This review focuses at one of its most fascinating function in fish, its regulatory role in the control of pigmentation, in which the melanocortin 1 receptor (Mc1r), its agonist α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-Msh), and the endogenous antagonist agouti signaling protein (Asip1) are the main players. Functional control of Mc1r, which is highly expressed in fish skin and whose activation stimulates melanin production and melanosome dispersion in fish melanophores, is considered a key mechanism for vertebrate pigment phenotypes...
June 7, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599303/oleoylethanolamide-inhibits-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-stimulated-melanogenesis-via-erk-akt-and-creb-signaling-pathways-in-b16-melanoma-cells
#13
Juan Zhou, Tong Ren, Ying Li, Anran Cheng, Wanyi Xie, Lanxi Xu, Lu Peng, Jinbin Lin, Lianxiang Lian, Yong Diao, Xin Jin, Lichao Yang
The present study aimed to examine the potential inhibitory activity of oleoylethanolamide (OEA) on α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-stimulated melanogenesis and the molecular mechanism(s) involved in the process in B16 mouse melanoma cells. Our data demonstrated that OEA markedly inhibited melanin synthesis and tyrosinase activity in α-MSH-stimulated B16 cells. In addition, the expression of melanogenesis-related proteins, such as melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), tyrosinase-related protein-1 (TRP-1) and tyrosinase, was suppressed in a concentration-dependent manner by OEA...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579117/key-amino-acid-residue-in-melanocortin-1-receptor-melanocyte-%C3%AE-msh-receptor-for-ligand-selectivity
#14
Yingkui Yang, Min Chen, George Ventro, Carroll M Harmon
The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) is a subtype of the melanocortin receptor family and NDP-α-MSH is a non-selective agonist for MC1R. The core sequence of NDP-α-MSH, His-Phe-Arg-Trp, is important for ligand binding and biological activities at the melanocortin receptor subtypes (MCRs). A recent study indicates that Trp(9) in NDP-α-MSH plays an important role in ligand selectivity. Deletion of Trp(9) in NDP-α-MSH (des-Trp(9)-NDP-α-MSH) resulted in loss of agonist activity at MC4R, although remains agonist activity at MC1R...
June 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502801/genome-wide-association-reveals-pigmentation-genes-play-a-role-in-skin-aging
#15
Matthew H Law, Sarah E Medland, Gu Zhu, Seyhan Yazar, Ana Viñuela, Leanne Wallace, Sri Niranjan Shekar, David L Duffy, Veronique Bataille, Dan Glass, Tim D Spector, Diane Wood, Scott D Gordon, Julie M Barbour, Anjali K Henders, Alex W Hewitt, Grant W Montgomery, Richard A Sturm, David A Mackey, Adèle C Green, Nicholas G Martin, Stuart MacGregor
Loss of fine skin patterning is a sign of both aging and photoaging. Studies investigating the genetic contribution to skin patterning offer an opportunity to better understand a trait that influences both physical appearance and risk of keratinocyte skin cancer. We undertook a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of a measure of skin pattern (microtopography score) damage in 1,671 twin pairs and 1,745 singletons (N = 5,087) drawn from three independent cohorts. We identified that rs185146 near SLC45A2 is associated with a skin aging trait (p = 4...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501589/genetic-modifiers-of-multiple-sclerosis-progression-severity-and-onset
#16
A Dessa Sadovnick, Anthony L Traboulsee, Yinshan Zhao, Cecily Q Bernales, Mary Encarnacion, Jay P Ross, Irene M Yee, Maria G Criscuoli, Carles Vilariño-Güell
The genetic contribution to clinical outcomes for multiple sclerosis (MS) has yet to be defined. We performed exome sequencing analysis in 100 MS patients presenting opposite extremes of clinical phenotype (discovery cohort), and genotyped variants of interest in 2016 MS patients (replication cohort). Linear and logistic regression analyses were used to identify significant associations with disease course, severity and onset. Our analysis of the discovery cohort nominated 38 variants in 21 genes. Replication analysis identified PSMG4 p...
July 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491052/receptor-mediated-melanoma-targeting-with-radiolabeled-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-relevance-of-the-net-charge-of-the-ligand
#17
Jean-Philippe Bapst, Alex N Eberle
A majority of melanotic and amelanotic melanomas overexpress melanocortin type 1 receptors (MC1Rs) for α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone. Radiolabeled linear or cyclic analogs of α-MSH have a great potential as diagnostic or therapeutic tools for the management of malignant melanoma. Compounds such as [(111)In]DOTA-NAP-amide exhibit high affinity for the MC1R in vitro, good tumor uptake in vivo, but they may suffer from relatively high kidney uptake and retention in vivo. We have shown previously that the introduction of negative charges into radiolabeled DOTA-NAP-amide peptide analogs may enhance their excretion and reduce kidney retention...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486572/evaluation-of-mc1r-high-throughput-nucleotide-sequencing-data-generated-by-the-1000-genomes-project
#18
Leonardo Arduino Marano, Letícia Marcorin, Erick da Cruz Castelli, Celso Teixeira Mendes-Junior
The advent of next-generation sequencing allows simultaneous processing of several genomic regions/individuals, increasing the availability and accuracy of whole-genome data. However, these new approaches may present some errors and bias due to alignment, genotype calling, and imputation methods. Despite these flaws, data obtained by next-generation sequencing can be valuable for population and evolutionary studies of specific genes, such as genes related to how pigmentation evolved among populations, one of the main topics in human evolutionary biology...
April 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485764/%C3%A3-kad-kunskap-om-familj%C3%A3-rt-melanom-och-de-bakom%C3%A2-liggande-generna
#19
Hildur Helgadottir, Kari Nielsen, Veronica Höiom
Increased knowledge on familial melanoma and the underlying genetics Approximately 5-10 % of all melanoma patients have close relatives with melanoma. 5-20% of melanoma families have germline mutations in the CDKN2A gene. Swedish CDKN2A mutation carriers have a young median age of onset of melanoma, increased risks of multiple primary melanoma and of tobacco-associated cancers in respiratory and upper digestive tissues, and also worse survival compared to non-carriers. In up to 80% of melanoma families no high risk melanoma associated germline mutations are found...
May 9, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463841/skin-pigmentation-genetics-for-the-clinic
#20
Stephen A Ainger, Kasturee Jagirdar, Katie J Lee, H Peter Soyer, Richard A Sturm
Human pigmentation characteristics play an important role in the effects of sun exposure, skin cancer induction and disease outcomes. Several of the genes most important for this diversity are involved in the regulation and distribution of melanin pigmentation or enzymes involved in melanogenesis itself within the melanocyte cell present in the skin, hair and eyes. The single nucleotide polymorphisms and extended haplotypes within or surrounding these genes have been identified as risk factors for skin cancer, in particular, melanoma...
2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
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