melanophore stimulatory hormone

melanophore stimulatory hormone

a hormone in the form of a PEPTIDE produced by the ADENOHYPOPHYSIS. It effects colour changes in fish, amphibians and reptiles by changing melanin distribution within the cells (see MELANOPHORE).
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