Cutaneous photobiology. The melanocyte vs. the sun: who will win the final round?

@article{Kadekaro2003CutaneousPT,
  title={Cutaneous photobiology. The melanocyte vs. the sun: who will win the final round?},
  author={Ana Luisa Kadekaro and Renny J Kavanagh and Kazumasa Wakamatsu and Shosuke Ito and Michelle A Pipitone and Zalfa A Abdel-Malek},
  journal={Pigment cell research},
  year={2003},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={434-47}
}
Solar ultraviolet radiation (UV) is a major environmental factor that dramatically alters the homeostasis of the skin as an organ by affecting the survival, proliferation and differentiation of various cutaneous cell types. The effects of UV on the skin include direct damage to DNA, apoptosis, growth arrest, and stimulation of melanogenesis. Long-term effects of UV include photoaging and photocarcinogenesis. Epidermal melanocytes synthesize two main types of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin… CONTINUE READING

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