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Keyword - Melanin biosynthesis (KW-0470)

Definition

Protein involved in the synthesis of melanin. Melanins are brown or black pigments found in skin, hair, feathers, etc. They are irregular polymeric structures produced from tyrosine. Melanins can be divided into 3 groups: allomelanins in the plant kingdom, and eumelanins and phaeomelanins in the animal kingdom.

Synonyms

  • Melanin anabolism
  • Melanin biosynthetic process
  • Melanin formation
  • Melanin synthesis

Category

Biological process

GOi

melanin biosynthetic process [ GO:0042438 ]

Graphical

Melanin biosynthesisBiological process