Soon baldness may be a thing of past, researchers claim

Friday, January 30, 2015
[Image Credit: Hair Transplant UK]
California: Researchers in America claimed to have made a breakthrough which could spell the end of male pattern baldness.

Baldness could be a thing of the past thanks towork carried out at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego, California.

The study represents the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. 

Scientists at the independent, nonprofit medical research institute were able to grow new hair using human stem cells.
The research team developed a protocol that coaxed human pluripotent stem cells to become dermal papilla cells. 

“We have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating human hair growth. The method is a marked improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part of the head to another,” said Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Development, Aging, and Regeneration Program.

“In adults, dermal papilla cells cannot be readily amplified outside of the body and they quickly lose their hair-inducing properties,” said Terskikh. “We developed a protocol to drive human pluripotent stem cells to differentiate into dermal papilla cells and confirmed their ability to induce hair growth when transplanted into mice.” 

“Our next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects,” said Terskikh. “We are currently seeking partnerships to implement this final step.”
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