Malassezin, a novel agonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor from the yeast Malassezia furfur, induces apoptosis in primary human melanocytes.

@article{Krmer2005MalassezinAN,
  title={Malassezin, a novel agonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor from the yeast Malassezia furfur, induces apoptosis in primary human melanocytes.},
  author={H. J. Kr{\"a}mer and Monika Podobinska and Andrea Bartsch and Achim Battmann and Wiebke Thoma and August Bernd and Wolfgang Kummer and Bernhard Irlinger and Wolfgang Steglich and Peter Andreas Mayser},
  journal={Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={6 5},
  pages={860-5}
}
Pityriasis versicolor is the most common skin mycosis in humans worldwide. Yeasts of the genus Malassezia, particularly M. furfur, a saprophyte occurring widely on human skin, are generally regarded as the causative agents. Pityriasis versicolor is often accompanied by a long-lasting depigmentation that persists even after successful antimycotic therapy. M. furfur is able to convert tryptophan into a variety of indole alkaloids, some of them showing biological properties that correlate well… CONTINUE READING

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