Unraveling the Structure and Function of Melanin through Synthesis.

  title={Unraveling the Structure and Function of Melanin through Synthesis.},
  author={Wei Cao and Xuhao Zhou and Naneki C. McCallum and Ziying Hu and Qing Zhe Ni and Utkarsh Kapoor and Christian M. Heil and Kristine S Cay and Tara Zand and Alex J Mantanona and Arthi Jayaraman and Ali Dhinojwala and Dimitri D. Deheyn and Matthew D. Shawkey and Michael D. Burkart and Jeffrey D. Rinehart and Nathan C. Gianneschi},
  journal={Journal of the American Chemical Society},
Melanin is ubiquitous in living organisms across different biological kingdoms of life, making it an important, natural biomaterial. Its presence in nature from microorganisms to higher animals and plants is attributed to the many functions of melanin, including pigmentation, radical scavenging, radiation protection, and thermal regulation. Generally, melanin is classified into five types-eumelanin, pheomelanin, neuromelanin, allomelanin, and pyomelanin-based on the various chemical precursors… 
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