The study of skin pigmentation requires determining the rate of melanin production in melanocytes and quantifying the rate of melanosome transfer to keratinocytes. Here, we describe a method to quantify melanosome transfer using immunofluorescence microscopy coupled with automated image analysis of in vitro human melanocytes and keratinocytes in co-culture. In this method, the number of melanin capped keratinocyte nuclei is quantified.
Melanin transfer quantitation Melanosome transfer Melanocyte keratinocyte co-culture Image quantification
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