Cynthia Pieron

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Although α-MSH increases skin darkening in humans, there are several reports that it fails to have melanogenic effects on human melanocytes in vitro. The purpose of this study was to see whether cultured human melanocytes express MSH receptors. Human melanocytes were grown in the absence of artificial mitogens such as 12-O-tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate(More)
In this study we have compared the effects of different pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) peptides on melanogenesis and metastasis and their relationship to MSH receptor expression in B16F1 melanoma cells. All peptides, apart from beta-endorphin, increased melanogenesis and the order of potency was Nle4DPhe7-alpha-MSH greater than alpha-MSH greater than(More)
We report on a Dutch population study of the STR loci HUMTHOI, HUMFES/FPS, HUMVWA31/1, and HUMF13A1, in which we used multiplex amplification and automated fragment detection. Genotype and allele frequencies showed no deviation from Hardy-Weinberg and linkage equilibrium. The improved Bonferroni procedure was used to combine the results of several tests.(More)
Using a radioimmunoassay specific for alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH), significant levels of immunoreactivity were detected in a range of murine and human melanoma cell lines, including a series of ras-transfected melanocytes. The levels found in the melanoma cell lines tested varied, and overall were higher than in non-melanoma cell lines(More)
The possible mechanisms for the reduced melanin content and poor melanogenic response to MSH was investigated in B16-F10DD differentiation deficient melanoma cells. In particular, the MSH receptor status and associated signal transduction pathway linking to tyrosinase activity in these cells was studied for evidence of any defects. F10DD cells contained(More)
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