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Melanotan 2 (MT-2) is a synthetic analogue of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone, created in the 1980s. This peptide has been found to have various effects, including enhancing sexual arousal, reducing compulsive/addictive behaviors, suppressing hunger, and supporting the development of lean body mass. Additionally, research suggests that MT-2 stimulates melanocytes, leading to increased skin pigmentation, and there is also potential for its use in combating autism when administered during early childhood development.

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What Is Melanotan 2 (MT-2)?

Melanotan 2 (MT-2) is a synthetic variant of human alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH). Its development traces back to the 1980s at the University of Arizona when researchers discovered that α-MSH induced sexual arousal in rodents and darkened the skin. Initially intended as a sunless tanning solution, MT-2 eventually revealed a diverse array of effects, including:

  • Increasing sexual arousal
  • Promoting tanning or skin pigmentation
  • Reducing compulsive behavior
  • Controlling addiction
  • Fighting hunger
  • Reducing glucagon production
  • Reversing certain features of autism

Melanotan 2 Peptide Structure

melanotan 2 structure
Source: PubChem

Melanotan 2 Research

Melanotan 2 and Melanocortin Signaling

Melanotan 2 exerts its effects by interacting with various melanocortin receptors, which are part of a group of five distinct receptors, each serving different functions. Notably, MT-2 primarily binds to MC-4R and MC-1R, with a weaker affinity for MC-3R.

Here's a breakdown of the known functions of these melanocortin receptors:

  • MC-1R: Found on melanocytes, the activation of MC-1R leads to the darkening of both the skin and hair.
  • MC-2R: Located in the adrenal glands, MC-2R binding stimulates the secretion of adrenal hormones, including cortisol.
  • MC-3R: Although its precise role is not fully understood, MC-3R appears to be involved in appetite control and energy regulation.
  • MC-4R: Activation of MC-4R brings about changes in feeding patterns and sexual behavior. Additionally, it influences male erectile function and energy homeostasis.
  • MC-5R: MC-5R is present on sweat glands and pancreatic islet cells, although further details about its functions are currently limited.

Melanotan 2 and Autism

The most recent research on MT-2 has uncovered promising findings, indicating that this peptide can potentially reverse certain autistic features in a widely used mouse model of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Currently, there is no specific treatment for ASD, but recent studies have suggested that oxytocin therapy might be helpful in mitigating some of the behavioral challenges associated with the condition. In this context, researchers utilized a mouse model of maternal immune activation known to result in autism and investigated whether MT2, known for stimulating oxytocin release, could counteract ASD or reduce typical ASD behaviors.

Their research unveiled significant results, showing that administration of MT-2 effectively reversed the decreased communication, impaired social interaction, and repetitive behaviors commonly associated with autism in this particular model. Interestingly, the researchers also observed that MT-2 administration led to an increase in the expression of oxytocin receptors in specific brain regions, implying a direct correlation between oxytocin signaling in those areas and the expression of ASD-specific behaviors[1]. These findings offer a promising avenue for further exploration and potential therapeutic interventions for ASD.

melanotan 2 autism

Impact of MT-2 on sociability in rats with ASD (MIA) showing that MT-2 returns sociability ratings to near the baseline of control animals (C57).
Source: PubMed

These findings not only suggest potential avenues for developing a treatment for ASD, they have helped to define a specific brain pathway that may be integral to the development of ASD in the first place. These findings could help scientists develop a complete model of ASD and thus both treatments and preventative measures.

Melanotan 2 and Hunger

There is compelling evidence indicating that MT-2 can effectively reduce fat storage and hunger behavior in animal models. Researchers have discovered that MT-2 acts as a potent agonist of the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC-4R), which plays a crucial role in food preferences and intake. Administering MT-2 to mice results in significant reductions in food consumption and alters their preference for fatty foods. Surprisingly, mice given MT-2 ignore fatty foods, which they would otherwise prefer. Conversely, mice lacking the MC-4R receptor show an exclusive preference for fatty foods and are unaffected by MT-2's effects[2].

The impact of MT-2 on satiety is akin to that of leptin, often referred to as the "satiety hormone" due to its ability to reduce cravings and food intake. However, leptin has not proven effective in treating obesity, even in individuals deficient in leptin. This discrepancy may be attributed to two distinct pathways for satiety, known as the leptin-dependent and leptin-independent pathways. Research suggests that MT-2 more effectively stimulates both pathways, making it a potentially more efficacious exogenous treatment for reducing hunger[3], [4]. This notion is further supported by the finding that MC-4R stimulation also affects the gene expression of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), which is associated with the leptin-satiety pathway[5]. Both MT-2 and leptin are believed to increase TRH expression in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus, a region of the brain linked to satiety and food intake. However, only MT-2 crosses into the central nervous system at concentrations high enough to impact TRH expression.

Melanotan 2 and Diabetes

The development of diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels, excessive glucagon secretion, and the production of ketone bodies[6]. Over time, it has been established that leptin effectively counteracts these factors by promoting glucose uptake, inhibiting glucagon production, and interfering with the pathway that leads to ketone body formation. Importantly, these actions do not rely on insulin, making leptin signaling an intriguing alternative avenue for potential diabetes treatment.

Studies have demonstrated that leptin's impact on blood sugar is mediated through melanocortin receptors, and interestingly, MT-2 elicits similar effects[7]. This finding holds significance because leptin primarily exerts its effects in the brain but encounters difficulty crossing the blood-brain barrier as effectively as MT-2. Consequently, when leptin is administered exogenously, it does not reach the central nervous system (CNS) in significant quantities, diminishing its effectiveness as a drug and giving MT-2 an advantage. Despite both peptides having nearly identical effects on melanocortin receptors, MT-2's ability to more readily reach the CNS provides it with a valuable edge.

Melanotan 2, Impulse Control and Alcohol Intake

Building on the notion that MT-2 might influence oxytocin signaling and consequently impact behavior in ASD, research also indicates that the MC-4R receptor could be involved in impulse control. Previous studies in rats have demonstrated that MT-2 administration reduces alcohol intake and increases water intake, even in rats with a preference for alcohol[8]. More recent investigations have shown that melanotan-2 works synergistically with naltrexone, significantly enhancing its efficacy by more than seven-fold, effectively reducing binge-like ethanol intake in mice[9].

melanotan 2 impulse

Percent of baseline alcohol consumption in mice treated with naltrexone or naltrexone and MT-2.
Source: PubMed

The discoveries indicate that MT-2 could serve as more than just a valuable treatment for alcohol-related disorders. Instead, the peptide seems to be influencing a fundamental mechanism of craving and desire within the mammalian brain. This research has the potential to unveil broader insights not only into alcohol abuse and hunger but also the involvement of oxytocin in impulsive behavior. Moreover, it might pave the way to identify craving pathways and enhance our comprehension of human motivation, impacting various aspects of life, from work to relationships.

Melanotan 2 and Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is frequently linked to vascular issues, and it can be successfully addressed in most men through medications like sildenafil (Viagra) and similar drugs that enhance blood flow by reducing vascular resistance. However, not all cases of ED are solely related to vascular problems, which renders sildenafil and similar drugs ineffective for a small percentage of men and the majority of women who suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

MT-2 has long been recognized as an effective treatment for ED, but research indicates that its impact extends beyond drugs like sildenafil, primarily due to its actions in the central nervous system. A study involving men who had previously failed to respond to Viagra revealed that eighty percent of them experienced positive results with MT-2 treatment[10]. Furthermore, MT-2 has been the subject of active investigation as a potential treatment for sexual desire disorders in both men and women.

Future MT-2 Research

MT-2 is a extensively studied peptide, particularly concerning its effects on human behavior, sexual desire, and impulse control. Clinical trials have explored various forms of the peptide, but challenges with routes of administration have required researchers to reevaluate their approaches. Nonetheless, active and ongoing research continues to uncover the potential benefits of MT-2.

In terms of safety, MT-2 demonstrates minimal to moderate side effects, exhibits low oral bioavailability, and excellent subcutaneous bioavailability in mice. However, it is important to note that the per kg dosage in mice does not directly translate to humans. Consequently, MT-2 available for purchase at Peptide Sciences is strictly intended for educational and scientific research purposes only, and it is not meant for human consumption. Therefore, MT-2 should only be obtained by licensed researchers.

Article Author

The above literature was researched, edited and organized by Dr. Logan, M.D. Dr. Logan holds a doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a B.S. in molecular biology.

Scientific Journal Author

Dr. Wessells is a UW professor, chair of the Department of Urology, and has served on several national and international professional and government committees, including the WHO International Consultations on Erectile and Sexual Dsyfunction, an NIDDK working group on urological complications of diabetes, and a NIH symposium on diabetes. He is a surgeon, researcher and expert on urogenital trauma and erectile dysfunction. His clinical interests include reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract, acute injury management and complex surgery for male sexual dysfunction.  His research interests are in urogenital trauma epidemiology and management; the physiology and pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction; reconstructive surgery; crash injury mechanics; and urological complications of diabetes. A proerectile melanocortin agonist developed by Dr. Wessells and his collaborators at the University of Arizona is in clinical trials for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Dr. Wessells is being referenced as one of the leading scientists involved in the research and development of Melanotan 2. In no way is this doctor/scientist endorsing or advocating the purchase, sale, or use of this product for any reason. There is no affiliation or relationship, implied or otherwise, between Peptide Sciences and this doctor. The purpose of citing the doctor is to acknowledge, recognize, and credit the exhaustive research and development efforts conducted by the scientists studying this peptide. Dr. Wessells is listed in [11] and [12] under the referenced citations.

Referenced Citations

  1. E. Minakova et al., “Melanotan-II reverses autistic features in a maternal immune activation mouse model of autism,” PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 1, Jan. 2019.
  2. A. van der Klaauw et al., “Role of melanocortin signalling in the preference for dietary macronutrients in human beings,” Lancet Lond. Engl., vol. 385 Suppl 1, p. S12, Feb. 2015.
  3. H. Shimizu, K. Inoue, and M. Mori, “The leptin-dependent and -independent melanocortin signaling system: regulation of feeding and energy expenditure,” J. Endocrinol., vol. 193, no. 1, pp. 1–9, Apr. 2007.
  4. C. Bjørbaek and A. N. Hollenberg, “Leptin and melanocortin signaling in the hypothalamus,” Vitam. Horm., vol. 65, pp. 281–311, 2002.
  5. F. Guo, K. Bakal, Y. Minokoshi, and A. N. Hollenberg, “Leptin Signaling Targets the Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone Gene Promoter in Vivo,” Endocrinology, vol. 145, no. 5, pp. 2221–2227, May 2004.
  6. Y. H. Lee, M.-Y. Wang, X.-X. Yu, and R. H. Unger, “Glucagon is the key factor in the development of diabetes,” Diabetologia, vol. 59, no. 7, pp. 1372–1375, 2016.
  7. C. Toda et al., “Distinct effects of leptin and a melanocortin receptor agonist injected into medial hypothalamic nuclei on glucose uptake in peripheral tissues,” Diabetes, vol. 58, no. 12, pp. 2757–2765, Dec. 2009.
  8. D. A. York, S. Boghossian, and M. Park-York, “Melanocortin activity in the amygdala influences alcohol intake,” Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav., vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 112–119, Mar. 2011.
  9. M. Navarro, F. Carvajal, J. M. Lerma-Cabrera, I. Cubero, M. J. Picker, and T. E. Thiele, “Evidence that Melanocortin Receptor Agonist Melanotan-II Synergistically Augments the Ability of Naltrexone to Blunt Binge-Like Ethanol Intake in Male C57BL/6J Mice,” Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res., vol. 39, no. 8, pp. 1425–1433, Aug. 2015.
  10. “Synthetic melanotropic peptide initiates erections in men with psychogenic erectile dysfunction: double-blind, placebo controlled crossover study. - PubMed - NCBI.” [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 15-May-2019]..
  11. WESSELLS, H. , HRUBY, V. J., HACKETT, J. , HAN, G. , BALSE‐SRINIVASAN, P. and VANDERAH, T. W. (2003), MT‐II Induces Penile Erection via Brain and Spinal Mechanisms. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 994: 90-95.
  12. Wessells, H. (1998). Synthetic melanotropic peptide initiates erections in men with psychogenic erectile dysfunction: Doubleblind placebo controlled crossover study. Available at:
  13. M. T. Islam et al., “Vasopressin neurons in the paraventricular hypothalamus promote wakefulness via lateral hypothalamic orexin neurons,” Curr. Biol. CB, pp. S0960-9822(22)01121–6, Jul. 2022, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.07.020.
  14. J. K. Y. Lau et al., “Melanocortin receptor activation alleviates amyloid pathology and glial reactivity in an Alzheimer’s disease transgenic mouse model,” Sci. Rep., vol. 11, no. 1, p. 4359, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83932-4. 


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