Comparative biochemistry of eumelanogenesis and the protective roles of phenoloxidase and melanin in insects.

@article{Sugumaran2002ComparativeBO,
  title={Comparative biochemistry of eumelanogenesis and the protective roles of phenoloxidase and melanin in insects.},
  author={Manickam Sugumaran},
  journal={Pigment cell research},
  year={2002},
  volume={15 1},
  pages={2-9}
}
The phenolic biopolymer eumelanin is an important skin pigment found throughout the animal kingdom. The enzyme, tyrosinase, initiates melanogenesis in mammals. The biogenesis is assisted by a number of mammalian protein factors including dopachrome tautomerase and 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylate oxidase. Invertebrates, such as insects, employ… CONTINUE READING