Receptor for MSH (alpha, beta and gamma) and ACTH. The activity of this receptor is mediated by G proteins which activate adenylate cyclase.
Melanocytes and corticoadrenal tissue.
Genetic variations in MC1R are a cause of susceptibility to cutaneous malignant melanoma type 5 (CMM5) [MIM:613099]. Malignant melanoma is a malignant neoplasm of melanocytes, arising de novo or from a pre-existing benign nevus, which occurs most often in the skin but also may involve other sites.
Belongs to the G-protein coupled receptor 1 family.
Simamura E et al. Melanocortins contribute to sequential differentiation and enucleation of human erythroblasts via melanocortin receptors 1, 2 and 5. PLoS One10:e0123232 (2015).
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