Melanina

Nombres alternativos

Pigmento de la piel

Información

Es una sustancia natural, producida por células cutáneas llamadas melanocitos, que le da color (pigmento) al cabello, la piel y al iris del ojo.

La melanina también ayuda a proteger la piel del sol.

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Referencias

Habif TP, ed. Principles of diagnosis and anatomy. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 1.

Revision

Last reviewed 11/4/2012 by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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