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.
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Xu et al., "Design, synthesis, and biological studies of efficient multivalent melanotropin ligands: tools toward melanoma diagnosis and treatment," Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, vol.
(1) Nonstandard abbreviations: ACTH, corticotropin; sACTH, succinylated ACTH; MAb, monoclonal antibody; [alpha]-MSH, melanotropin; DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide; and TNBS, trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid.
Melanotropins are peptide hormones produced in different parts of the body.