Applications of the Role of α-MSH in Ocular Immune Privilege

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 681)


There is an important role for α-MSH and the melanocortin receptors in ocular immunity, development and health. This chapter will cover what is known about how α-MSH is part of the mechanisms of ocular immune privilege, about the expression of melanocortin receptors and the implications of these findings on the role of α-MSH in ocular physiology and its potential use to treat ocular pathologies.


Aqueous Humor Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Melanocortin Receptor Immune Privilege Leukoc Biol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schepens Eye Research InstituteBostonUSA
  2. 2.Schepens Eye Research Institute Department of OphthalmologyBostonUSA

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