melanin metabolic process

id: GO:0006582
name: melanin metabolic process
namespace: biological_process
type: go
obsolete: False

Description: The chemical reactions and pathways involving melanins, pigments largely of animal origin. High molecular weight polymers of indole quinone, they are irregular polymeric structures and are divided into three groups: allomelanins in the plant kingdom and eumelanins and phaeomelanins in the animal kingdom.

Child Functions

GO:0035006melanization defense response
GO:0042438melanin biosynthetic process
GO:0046150melanin catabolic process

Parent Functions

GO:0019748secondary metabolic process
GO:0042440pigment metabolic process