“Fifty Shades” of Black and Red or How Carboxyl Groups Fine Tune Eumelanin and Pheomelanin Properties

@inproceedings{Micillo2016FiftySO,
  title={“Fifty Shades” of Black and Red or How Carboxyl Groups Fine Tune Eumelanin and Pheomelanin Properties},
  author={Raffaella Micillo and Lucia Panzella and Kenzo Koike and Giuseppe Monfrecola and Alessandra Napolitano and Marco d’Ischia},
  booktitle={International journal of molecular sciences},
  year={2016}
}
Recent advances in the chemistry of melanins have begun to disclose a number of important structure-property-function relationships of crucial relevance to the biological role of human pigments, including skin (photo) protection and UV-susceptibility. Even slight variations in the monomer composition of black eumelanins and red pheomelanins have been shown to determine significant differences in light absorption, antioxidant, paramagnetic and redox behavior, particle morphology, surface… CONTINUE READING
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