New Hair Loss Cure Found in Japan?
Many people nowadays are dealing with baldness, most of them are men. T
here are certain causes of baldness. One of its causes is genetics, you can inherit baldness from the genes of your parents.
Men usually experience baldness because of their hormones. There are no medical ill effects in men going bald. Although, there are also causes of baldness that have something to do with diseases. One of those are certain types of cancer, thyroid conditions and anabolic steroids.
Years have been dedicated to study the cure for baldness. Many people have been trying to find the cure on how to grow their hair back.
Many scientists are conducting studies and experiments in curing baldness or hair loss.
Good thing because there is an ongoing experiment on how to treat hair loss. By the year 2020, a treatment in hair loss will pave its way into the cosmetic industry.
People with burnt skin do not grow hair over the scar or the burnt area. This is because scars are made up of abnormal collagen piled up in one location. This abnormal tissue lacks glands that produce oil, glands that make hair and sweat glands. For this reason, scars or burnt areas do not grow hair on them.
Japan’s RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, succeeded in developing a type of skin grown in the lab able to grow back lost hair but also exhibit properties of sweating.
A group of scientists led by Takashi Tsuji, a professor at the Research Institute for Science and Technology at the Tokyo University of Science, conducted scar studies in mice and how to grow hair on actual scars. The scientists cultivated cells from the gum of a mouse and let it multiply.
Then they took hair follicles from a mature rodent and with bioengineering and the use of stem cells, it multiplies.
They transplanted the bioengineered follicles into the recipient mouse which is genetically engineered to be hairless and has a weak immune system.
Within a few days, the hair follicles that were bioengineered continued its growth and connected naturally with its surrounding tissues.
The researchers discovered that if the number of stem cells that was transplanted is changed, the density or thickness and number of hairs that grow on the mouse will also be changed.
They see to it that a nylon thread is attached to the hair to ensure that the hair will grow outward and will not point to another direction.
Although, this transplant was made successful in mice, and not yet tested in humans. These scientists are keeping their hopes up that this technique can also be used and can have positive effects in humans. The researchers said that if it can work in mice, it can work in people. It is expected that men can potentially grow back their hair and can develop a hair color by adding a particular type of stem cell to the bioengineered hair follicles.
They are still making some improvements on how they could do it in humans, keeping in mind the magnification techniques for stem cells before it will be applied to a larger surface as in humans.
These scientists are going to use induced prulipotent stem cells (IPSCs) in humans because it is not just to use embryonic stem cells for the transplant. These are stem cells which can be generated directly from adult cells.
The hair transplant that they are working on right now is a stepping stone to a more complex regenerative therapy that could help a lot of people.
The study on hair regeneration transplant is also helpful to scientists who are working to regenerate organs like salivary glands. It is because these glands form in a process similar to hair.
Researchers say that it will take years to translate this technique to humans. The product is expected to be out in the market within five to ten years from now. This project needs a lot of time and a lot of scientific breakthroughs for it to be successful.