Interrelation between melanocyte-stimulating hormone and melanin-concentrating hormone in physiological body color change: roles emerging from barfin flounder Verasper moseri.

@article{Mizusawa2013InterrelationBM,
  title={Interrelation between melanocyte-stimulating hormone and melanin-concentrating hormone in physiological body color change: roles emerging from barfin flounder Verasper moseri.},
  author={Kanta Mizusawa and Yuki Kobayashi and Takeshi Yamanome and Yumiko Saito and Akiyoshi Takahashi},
  journal={General and comparative endocrinology},
  year={2013},
  volume={181},
  pages={229-34}
}
In teleosts, as their names suggest, the main target cells of melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) and melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) are the chromatophores in the skin, where these peptide hormones play opposing roles in regulating pigment migration. These effects are obvious especially when their activities are examined in vitro. On the contrary, while MCH also exhibits activity in vivo, MSH does not always stimulate pigment dispersion in vivo because of predominant sympathetic nervous… CONTINUE READING