Doctors 'close to cure for baldness' - Telegraph
"Down the centuries, bald men have resorted to a range of desperate measures to restore their lost hair. Today, however, the first real hope of effective treatments is reported by an American team arising from research that could also lead to scar free surgery.
The scientists made the advance after identifying a mechanism that relies on reawakening dormant genes. A US company, Follica Inc, has now licensed the technology in the hope of developing new treatments for baldness.While adult mammals can repair injuries to themselves, they lack the ability to rebuild lost parts of their bodies - unlike newts and salamanders which can sprout limbs. Experts previously thought it was equally impossible for adult skin to regenerate hair follicles.
Now it seems adult mice can indeed regenerate hair follicles, according to a study published today by Dr George Cotsarelis of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and colleagues in the journal Nature.
Rather than turning on stem cells, as thought, the method works by reactivating genes used during development of the embryo. If researchers can control hair growth, then they could potentially find cures for people with hair and scalp disorders, such as scarring alopecia where the skin scars, and there is hair overgrowth.
Wounding, they report, triggers new hair-producing follicles to form, a claim that was first made half a century ago after experiment on rabbits but which was written off as unconvincing. The new work shows the effect is real and a consequence of a molecular signal involving a protein called wnt. Following wounding, the signal increases the number of regenerated hair follicles.
By introducing more wnt, the researchers could make skin regenerate instead of just repair, doubling the number of new hair follicles. To show they were really on to something, the team also show that turning off wnt signalling prevents new follicles from forming."
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