Melanotan II (i/mɛˈlænoʊtæn/) is a synthetic analogue of the naturally-occurring melanocortin peptide hormone α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) that in usage has been shown to produce melanogenesis (part of thetanning process that produces darkening pigmentation in the skin) and have aphrodisiac effects in preliminary studiesand clinical trials. Developed at the University of Arizona, it is a cyclic lactam analogue of α-MSH with the amino acid sequence Ac-Nle-cyclo[Asp-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2.
As of 2016, no product containing melanotan II has ever received approval for use from any governmental drug regulatory bodies outside of sanctioned animal and human clinical trials.
(Speaking on today’s This Morning, Ryan Ruckledge said: ‘I would rather be dead because otherwise my personality would be dead. I couldn’t walk down street if I was pale, I couldn’t physically function.’) (Link)
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