New Discoveries in Regulating Pigmentation
University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered new pathways that control skin lightening and tanning. The knowledge could lead to a novel class of therapeutics, which is especially important given the limited options for safe and effective treatment of pigmentation disorders, according to a new study. “Although we have always assumed that there was some connection between pregnancy ‘hormones’ and pigmentation, the specific hormones and mechanism through which they regulate pigment has never been defined,” says the study’s senior author Todd W. Ridky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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