It’s considered one of the cutting-edge areas in scientific research and it touches on so many different areas of study. Stem cell research has made breakthroughs in fields such as cancer and cardiac care and it’s starting to become a significant factor in the battle against hair loss and thinning hair. There have been several studies that have looked into the relationship stem cells have to hair growth and a recent study has given hope that stem cells can in fact grow hair.
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Stem Cell Basics
According to Medical News Today, stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to differentiate into specialized cells. They can divide and regenerate indefinitely without breaking down. This makes them perfect for scientific research. There are two types of stem cells; embryonic stem cells, which form during the embryonic phase of development and adult stem cells, which are made of adult tissue.
Stem Cells and Growing Hair
In 2015, research by the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Orlando, discovered a way to use stem cells to grow hairs on mice. Now researchers from UCLA have made another advance in using stem cells to promote hair growth.
In a study published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, researchers found a new way to activate stem cells to make hair grow. According to a media release from the school, the researchers found that the metabolism of stem cells in hair follicles is different from that of other cells of the skin.
Cell metabolism operates by breaking down nutrients which fuel the cell’s ability to divide, make energy and interact with its environment. During metabolism, enzymes alter nutrients to produced metabolites. While the stem cells of hair follicles consume the glucose from the bloodstream, the glucose is processed to create a metabolite called Pyruvate. Pyruvate can be converted into another metabolite called lactate and it’s believed that the conversion from pyruvate into lactate could trigger hair growth.
When the researchers blocked lactate in mice, hair did not grow. However, when they increased production of lactate, hair follicle activation from stem cells accelerated. The team has designed two drugs that they believe will promote hair growth, they have yet to be tested on humans or to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.