Effect of pituitary and ovarian hormones on human melanocytes in vitro.


Normal human melanocytes in culture became enlarged and dendritic after a 2-day incubation with either the pituitary (beta-MSH, a potent analog of alpha-MSH, ACTH, FSH and LH) or the ovarian (estradiol, estriol and progesterone) hormones. Under the same experimental conditions, pituitary hormones also increased both the tyrosinase activity and tyrosinase… (More)


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