60 YEARS OF POMC: N-terminal POMC peptides and adrenal growth

    1. Andrew B Bicknell
    1. School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, UK
    1. Correspondence should be addressed to A B Bicknell; Email: A.B.Bicknell{at}reading.ac.uk


    The peptide hormones contained within the sequence of proopiomelanocortin (POMC) have diverse roles ranging from pigmentation to regulation of adrenal function to control of our appetite. It is generally acknowledged to be the archetypal hormone precursor, and as its biology has been unravelled, so too have many of the basic principles of hormone biosynthesis and processing. This short review focuses on one group of its peptide products, namely, those derived from the N-terminal of POMC and their role in the regulation of adrenal growth. From a historical and a personal perspective, it describes how their role in regulating proliferation of the adrenal cortex was identified and also highlights the key questions that remain to be answered.

    • Received 6 January 2016
    • Accepted 12 January 2016
    • Made available online as an Accepted Preprint 1 May 2016
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