Melanosomes at a glance.

  title={Melanosomes at a glance.},
  author={Christina Wasmeier and Alistair N Hume and Giulia Bolasco and Miguel C. Seabra},
  journal={Journal of cell science},
  volume={121 Pt 24},
Melanosomes, the pigment granules that provide tissues with colour and photoprotection, are the cellular site of synthesis, storage and transport of melanin pigments. They are synthesised in mammalian skin melanocytes, in choroidal melanocytes and retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells in the eye, and in melanophores (a class of pigment-containing cells) in lower vertebrates. The precise fate and functions of melanosomes vary according to cell type – epidermal melanocytes supply neighbouring… CONTINUE READING
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