Researchers Claim They Discovered a Substance for Regrowing Hair
A lot of people around the world have to come to terms with the idea that regrowing hair will no longer be part of their life. Going bald is something that many have to deal with sometime during their life. According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), androgenetic alopecia, or more commonly known as the male pattern baldness (MPB) – is responsible for over 95% of hair loss in men.
By the age of 35, an estimated of two-thirds of all American men will experience some form of baldness – with 25% of all the men experiencing this process even before turning 21. What’s more, men aren’t the only ones who have to go through baldness. In fact, 40% of all Americans that experience baldness, are women. And female hair loss, as all of us know, is far less socially acceptable than in men.
Furthermore, AHLA reports that 99 percent of all products marketed to combat hair loss are ineffective in regrowing hair – and most have to learn to live without their hair. Nevertheless, a team of South Korean scientists now claim that they’ve discovered a biochemical substance that is capable of regrowing hair and could eventually produce something that can be considered as a cure for baldness.
How baldness works
The way male pattern baldness works is when two different proteins react with each other in the scalp, not allowing hair follicles to grow back. The difference between bald men and non-bald men is the CXXC5 protein in their scalp. Bald men have it (or have much more of it) while non-bald men don’t. This protein binds with the Dishevelled protein, preventing hair regrowth.
“We have found a protein that controls the hair growth and developed a new substance that promotes hair regeneration by controlling the function of the protein,” Choi told Business Korea. “We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerates damaged skin tissues.”
The team tested this new substance, called PTD-DMB, on mice. After 28 days, they noticed that these rodents were regrowing hair. They are not testing the substance on other animals in order to determine its toxicity. If the trials are a success and the substance is safe, then the next step would be to develop drugs to be tested on humans.
Now, even though the initial trials are promising, men and women struggling with regrowing hair should not get their hopes up just yet. The substance is still in its initial testing phases and it could take years before an approved product will hit the market. Nevertheless, there is still promise and is something definitely worth exploring.