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Protein link to male baldness

Post  eddie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:56 am

Scientists pinpoint protein linked to baldness

Potential target for male pattern baldness

Thu 22 Mar, 2012 13:00 pm GMT


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Scientists have discovered a protein linked to male baldness, which could pave the way for new treatments for hair loss in men.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found that men with male pattern baldness have three times more of a protein called prostaglandin D2 (PDG2) in the bald patches of their scalps compared with other parts still with hair.

The protein is thought to work by stopping the growth of hair follicle stem cells in the scalp, responsible for hair growth. This means that treatments to suppress the production of PDG2 could potentially be used to prevent hair loss in men.

Male pattern baldness affects eight out of 10 men under the age of 70, and causes hair follicles to shrink and produce microscopic hairs.

A previous study found that bald areas of the scalp contain the same number of stem cells as normal hair-growing parts of the scalp in the same person, but contain fewer mature cells.

This suggested that the scalp was lacking an activator or something was inhibiting hair follicle stem cells from growing.

In this study, researchers looked at samples of scalp tissue from balding and non-bald spots of more than 20 men with male pattern baldness. Levels of PGD2 were found to be three times higher in the bald patches compared with areas where hair was still growing.

This was also confirmed at the genetic level; PGD2 genes were shown to be more active in bald tissue samples.

When PGD2 was added to hair follicles cultured in the lab, it was "significantly shorter," the study found.

They authors wrote: "Our findings should lead directly to new treatments for the most common cause of hair loss in men.

"The potential for developing these compounds into topical formulations for treating AGA (androgenic alopecia) should elicit great interest moving forward."

The study is published in Science Translational Medicine.

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Re: Protein link to male baldness

Post  Constance on Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:08 pm

Tom tells me that he sees more and more men in the city with shaved heads. With apologies to Andy, I don't like the look. I also hate the stubble look that is so prevalent, especially now in a lot of advertisements. A nice, clean-shaven face, please.

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Post  eddie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:28 pm

Constance wrote:Tom tells me that he sees more and more men in the city with shaved heads.

I don't shave my head, Constance, but I'm thinning on top so I sport a #3 crop to brazen it out. Anything but a combover!

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Post  eddie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:29 pm


1977 combover variant.

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Post  eddie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:35 pm


English footballer Sir Bobby Charlton's combover comes adrift in the heat of combat.

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Post  eddie on Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:38 pm


TV quizmaster Robert Robinson: "King of the Combover".

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Re: Protein link to male baldness

Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:07 am

Being so irresistible--it's really unfair to the other guys.


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:44 am

eddie wrote:
Constance wrote:Tom tells me that he sees more and more men in the city with shaved heads.

I don't shave my head, Constance, but I'm thinning on top so I sport a #3 crop to brazen it out. Anything but a combover!
Popular alternatives are the Ben Franklin (or gray hippie with a ponytail) look,
or the Mao Tse-Tung panda-ear look:


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Post  eddie on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:00 am

Baldness cure secret revealed by mice

By Kim Hookem-Smith | Yahoo Lifestyle


A tuft of hair grown on the back of a bald lab mouse may hold the key to curing baldness in humans.

A research team in Japan used stem cell cultivation to create hair follicles from scratch. These follicles were then implanted into the hairless mice where they grew hairs.

The stem cells were taken from a balding man and the next step is to implant the created follicles into a human head in order to win the battle against balding, experienced by more than seven million men in the UK.

The technique may also allow men to re-grow hair in their original colour, even if they’ve already started to go grey.

The researchers from Tokyo University believe a cure for baldness could be engineered within three years. It will be an expensive treatment, however, and they believe it could be more useful in reconstructive situations where traditional hair transplant operations aren’t possible.

And there’s more research to be done, as the team do not yet know if it would be possible to recreate an entire head of hair. In this study, the hairs had to be implanted one at a time, which is fine on a mouse but a rather different proposition on an entire bald head!

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Post  Guest on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:04 am

pinhedz wrote:or the Mao Tse-Tung panda-ear look:


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