Melanin pigmentation in mammalian skin and its hormonal regulation.

@article{Slominski2004MelaninPI,
  title={Melanin pigmentation in mammalian skin and its hormonal regulation.},
  author={Andrzej T. Slominski and Desmond J. Tobin and Shigeki Shibahara and Jacobo Wortsman},
  journal={Physiological reviews},
  year={2004},
  volume={84 4},
  pages={
          1155-228
        }
}
Cutaneous melanin pigment plays a critical role in camouflage, mimicry, social communication, and protection against harmful effects of solar radiation. Melanogenesis is under complex regulatory control by multiple agents interacting via pathways activated by receptor-dependent and -independent mechanisms, in hormonal, auto-, para-, or intracrine fashion. Because of the multidirectional nature and heterogeneous character of the melanogenesis modifying agents, its controlling factors are not… 
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