α-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone in normal human physiology and disease states

Anna Catania, Lorena Airaghi, Gualtiero Colombo, James M. Lipton

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Abstract

Over the past two decades, research in animal models has indicated that α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, recent data show that the peptide has antimicrobial effects and probably contributes to innate immunity. α-MSH, which is produced by many extrapituitary human cells, should no longer be considered solely a pituitary hormone; rather, it should be viewed as a ubiquitous modulatory peptide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-308
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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