Melanocortin receptors: Identification and characterization by melanotropic peptide agonists and antagonists

Mac E. Hadley, Victor J. Hruby, Jiwen Jiang, Shubh D. Sharma, Jody L. Fink, Carrie Haskell-Luevano, David L. Bentley, Fahad Al-Obeidi, Tomi K. Sawyer

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations


Hormones are chemical messengers released from cells to act on and control the activity of other cells. Hormonal ligands initiate their actions by interacting with receptive substances (Langley, 1906) of the target cells. These receptors are proteins that are either integral components of the cell membrane or are localized cytoplasmically within cells. Ligand-receptor interaction results in either the stimulation or inhibition of cellular activity. Since most hormones bind rather specifically to receptors possessed by their target cells, labeling of hormonal ligands can be utilized to identify and localize cells within an animal. In this report we discuss what is presently known about melanocortin receptors (MCRs) as studied by the use of labeled melanotropic peptide ligands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-234
Number of pages22
JournalPigment Cell Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Melanocortin
  • Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH)
  • Melanoma
  • Melanotropic peptide
  • Receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Developmental Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Melanocortin receptors: Identification and characterization by melanotropic peptide agonists and antagonists'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this