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melanosomes

Thursday 27 November 2003

Definition: Melanosomes are tissue-specific lysosome-related organelles of pigment cells in which melanins are synthesized and stored.

Melanosomes are formed through novel pathways from early endosomal intermediates.

See also

-  melanosome-associated proteins
- macromelanosomes

References

- Raposo G, Marks MS. Melanosomes—dark organelles enlighten endosomal membrane transport. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Oct;8(10):786-97. PMID: 17878918

- Dell’Angelica EC. Melanosome biogenesis: shedding light on the origin of an obscure organelle. Trends Cell Biol. 2003 Oct;13(10):503-6. PMID: 14507476