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Biosynthesis of Melanin


Melanins are naturally occurring pigments found in plants as Allomelanin, whereas in animals as classes of natural Melanins as the black-brown Eumelanin found in human black hair and in the retina of the eye and the yellow-red Pheomelanin found in red hair and red feathers. Melanin in mammals protects the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet radiation, acts as free radical scavenger reducing the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated within the cytoplasm (Ref.1&2). Keratinocytes, the outermost layer of...




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