Neprilysin, a novel target for ultraviolet B regulation of melanogenesis via melanocortins.

Compelling evidence suggest a role for melanocortins in the regulation of melanogenesis by ultraviolet radiation. Within the epidermis, melanocytes and keratinocytes produce alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and adrenocorticotropic hormone. The persistence and the strength of the biologic signal delivered by these peptides depend on their local… CONTINUE READING