Actinobacterial melanins: current status and perspective for the future.

  title={Actinobacterial melanins: current status and perspective for the future.},
  author={Panchanathan Manivasagan and Jayachandran Venkatesan and Kannan Sivakumar and Se-kwon Kim},
  journal={World journal of microbiology & biotechnology},
  volume={29 10},
Melanins are enigmatic pigments that are produced by a wide variety of microorganisms including several species of bacteria and fungi. Melanins are biological macromolecules with multiple important functions, yet their structures are not well understood. Melanins are frequently used in medicine, pharmacology, and cosmetics preparations. Melanins also have great application potential in agriculture industry. They have several biological functions including photoprotection, thermoregulation… CONTINUE READING