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Pigments largely of animal origin. High molecular weight polymers of indole quinone. Colours include black/brown, yellow, red and violet. Found in feathers, cuttle ink, human skin, hair and eyes and in cellular immune responses and wound healing in arthropods.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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