Z.A. Abdel-Malek

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Epidermal melanocytes are particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress owing to the pro-oxidant state generated during melanin synthesis, and to the intrinsic antioxidant defenses that are compromised in pathologic conditions. Melanoma is thought to be oxidative stress driven, and melanocyte death in vitiligo is thought to be instigated by a highly(More)
Recent reports show that alpha-MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone) is mitogenic and melanogenic for normal human melanocytes, and that this effect is mediated through binding to the melanocortin receptor (MC1R) and activation of cAMP formation. alpha-MSH has also been shown to induce changes in cell shape in melanocytes and melanoma cells, particularly(More)
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