STEM CELLS FOR HAIR REGROWTH
A study published online in PLOS ONE revealed that human stem cells are used in a study to generate new hair, a first step that represents in developing a cell-based treatment for people experiencing hair loss.
Medical research institute, Sanford-Burnham, which broke the news in its Beaker blog last January, revealed that in the United States, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. Alexey Terskikh, Ph.D. said that they have developed a method using human pluripotent stem cells to create new cells capable of initiating hair growth. The method marks an improvement over current methods that rely on transplanting existing hair follicles from one part to the other.
The Beaker reported the research team developed a protocol that coaxed human pluripotent stem cells to become dermal papilla cells. Terskikh added that dermal papilla cells cannot be amplified outside of the body, and it quickly loses its hair inducing properties, so the team developed a protocol to drive the human pluripotent stem cells to differentiate into dermal papilla cells. When transplanted into mice, these cells confirmed their ability to induce hair growth. Moving forward, the next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects, and that his team is seeking partnerships to implement the final step.