melanocyte-stimulating hormone

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melanocyte-stimulating hormone

[mə′lan·ə‚sīt ¦stim·yə‚lād·iŋ ′hȯr‚mōn]
(biochemistry)
A protein substance secreted by the intermediate lobe of the pituitary of humans which causes dispersion of pigment granules in the skin; similar to intermedins in other vertebrates. Abbreviated MSH. Also known as melanophore-dilating principle; melanophore hormone.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Cerebrospinal fluid and plasma concentrations of leptin, NPY, and alpha-MSH in obese women and their relationship to negative energy balance.
Alpha-MSH has two jobs in parts of the hypothalamus region of the brain.
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The research team found that PRCP is located in the hypothalamus and regulates levels of the alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH), which is a peptide known for inhibiting food intake and stimulating energy expenditure.
Bremelanotide, which is a melanocortin agonist drug candidate, is a synthetic peptide analog of the naturally occurring hormone alpha-MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone).
Bremelanotide is a synthetic peptide analogue of the naturally occurring hormone alpha-MSH (melanocyte-stimulating hormone).

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