The Mechanism of Melanocyte Self-Assembly on Biomaterials and the Functional Analysis

2014-07-23 21:28:39 | BioPortfolio


The aim of this study is to survey melanocytes in the ability of self-assembly on biomaterials and functional analysis in vitro. Also, this study may provide a better way for treatment of vitiligo after understanding the functional aspects of melanocytes.


Vitiligo is a chronic disease that causes loss of melanocyte and pigment of the skin. Traditional treatments for vitiligo including topical corticosteroids and phototherapy lead to limited clinical effects. Autologous melanocyte transplantation is another way to treat vitiligo. However, the effect is largely affected by whether cultivated melanocytes are successfully uptaken by vitiliginous skin. The aim of this study is to survey the self-assembly on biomaterials and functional analysis. In the long run, this study may provide a better way for treatment of vitiligo.

Study Design

Additional Descriptors: Convenience Sample, Observational Model: Natural History, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional, Time Perspective: Prospective




melanocyte self-assembly and functional analysis


National Taiwan University Hospital




National Taiwan University Hospital

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Neuroendocrine cells in the INTERMEDIATE LOBE OF PITUITARY. They produce MELANOCYTE STIMULATING HORMONES and other peptides from the post-translational processing of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC).

A hypothalamic tripeptide, enzymatic degradation product of OXYTOCIN, that inhibits the release of MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONES.

A family of G-protein-coupled receptors that have specificity for MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONES and ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE. There are several subtypes of melanocortin receptors, each having a distinct ligand specificity profile and tissue localization.

The intermediate lobe of the pituitary gland. It shows considerable size variation among the species, small in humans, and large in amphibians and lower vertebrates. This lobe produces mainly MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONES and other peptides from post-translational processing of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC).

A 30-kDa protein synthesized primarily in the ANTERIOR PITUITARY GLAND and the HYPOTHALAMUS. It is also found in the skin and other peripheral tissues. Depending on species and tissues, POMC is cleaved by PROHORMONE CONVERTASES yielding various active peptides including ACTH; BETA-LIPOTROPIN; ENDORPHINS; MELANOCYTE-STIMULATING HORMONES; and others (GAMMA-LPH; CORTICOTROPIN-LIKE INTERMEDIATE LOBE PEPTIDE; N-terminal peptide of POMC or NPP).

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