A team of researchers managed to determine the cells that are most likely causing hair loss and also graying hair. Science has been trying for quite some time to determine the specific cells that are causing these problems. Now that they have succeeded, they may also be able to develop a treatment or cure.
Hair Loss May Stop Being An Issue
Researchers found that a protein named KROX20 might be the one responsible for hair loss. Studies already associated it with nerve development. When it comes to skin cells, the loss of the KROX20 protein can make the hair fragile. It can also make if fall away naturally. Scientists are now trying to figure out if this protein stops working as people age.
The team of researchers who accomplished this feat stated that they had initially set out with a different target. They were looking to analyze and study tumors. Instead, they ended up finding the cause of hair loss and graying hair.
Thanks to this research, researchers could soon learn more about aging as gray hair is considered one of the first signs of advancing age. Also, the team mentioned that they are now trying to find a treatment to prevent hair loss.
According to them, the team first has to find out how the KROX20 protein affects the hair. After that, they will be able to create a product that can help people with hair problems.
“With this knowledge, we hope in the future to create a topical compound or to safely deliver the necessary gene to hair follicles to correct these cosmetic problems,” mentioned one of the researchers, Prof. Lu Le.
The team stated that it is going to continue its study until they can provide a safe and efficient treatment for hair loss. All in all, it may be a significant first step in figuring out the reasons for which people go bald.
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