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Edited by Miroslav Blumenberg

New York University Langone Medical Center

The word melanin refers to dark natural pigments produced by the oxidative degradation of tyrosine, catalyzed by tyrosinase, and polymerized into insoluble granular substance. The main function of melanin is to protect from harmful agents, primarily UV radiation, but also from oxidation, heavy metals, etc. In this volume, chapters deal with production of melanin in human oral mucosa (Liviu et al.), the regulation of melanin action (Cecile et al.), production and potential technological application of fungal melanins (Pombiero-Sponchiado et al.) and an innovative method for measuring melanin in various samples (Zdybel et al.). In conclusion, this volume presents various biological and industrial aspects of melanin production, uses and analysis.

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MelaninEdited by Miroslav Blumenberg

Published: March 1st 2017

DOI: 10.5772/63257

ISBN: 978-953-51-2980-6

Print ISBN: 978-953-51-2979-0

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5472-3

Copyright year: 2017

Books open for chapter submissions

11501 Total Chapter Downloads

24 Crossref Citations

26 Web of Science Citations

57 Dimensions Citations


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1. Introductory Chapter: Melanin, a Versatile Guardian

By Miroslav Blumenberg


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2. Oral Mucosal Melanosis

By Liviu Feller, Razia A.G. Khammissa and Johan Lemmer


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3. The Potential Role of the MCHR1 in Diagnostic Imaging: Facts and Trends

By Cécile Philippe and Markus Mitterhauser


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4. Production of Melanin Pigment by Fungi and Its Biotechnological Applications

By Sandra R. Pombeiro-Sponchiado, Gabriela S. Sousa, Jazmina C. R. Andrade, Helen F. Lisboa and Rita C. R. Gonçalves


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5. Application of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to Examine Free Radicals in Melanin Polymers and the Human Melanoma Malignum Cells

By Barbara Pilawa, Magdalena Zdybel and Ewa Chodurek


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