The Peptide Melanotan 2 (also referred to as MT2) is a synthetically produced variant of a peptide hormone naturally produced in the body that stimulates melanogenesis, a process responsible for pigmentation of the skin. This peptide hormone, called alpha-Melanocyte stimulating hormone or MSH, activates certain melanocortin receptors in the process of exerting its effects. Indeed, MSH also exerts potent influence over lipid metabolism, appetite, and sexual libido via these melanocortin receptors. As a result, Melanotan 2 has been shown in studies to exhibit appetite suppressant, lipolytic, and libido-enhancing effects in addition to promoting skin tanning. Melanotan 2 has been researched extensively for use in protecting against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight due to its melanogenesis-stimulating properties.
Additionally, Melanotan 2 and a similar synthetically produced variant, known as PT-141, have been studied at length as a potential remedy for the treatment of sexual dysfunction; specifically, male erectile dysfunction.
Results to Expect from Melanotan
According to scientific study based on animal test subjects, Melanotan II has been shown to work with the pituitary gland to elevate the expression of melanin, which is normally secreted as a response to the exposure to ultraviolet rays in a process known as melanogenesis. The peptide is able to boost the half-life of the secretion, and it is also able to induce the secretion without the presence of the ultraviolet rays that it would otherwise need to draw out such expression.
Scientific study on animal test subjects has determined that Melanotan II’s ability to produce an uptick in the expression of melanin can conceivably allow it to be a key player in lowering the likelihood of skin cancer development. The main reason behind this thought comes from the peptide’s ability to induce the secretion without the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays being part of the process. That said it should be noted that studies indicate that the peptide would not be able to stave off the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma because that particular form of cancer is caused by indirect DNA damage and not exposure to ultraviolet rays.
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Storage: Lyophilized peptides although stable at room temperature for 3 months, should be stored desiccated below -18°C. Upon reconstitution of the peptide, it should be stored at 4°C between 2-21 days and for future use below -18°C.