Researchers in Korea have been investigating a potential new hair loss cure that has already proved to be successful when tested on mice.
According to the Korea Herald newspaper, the South Korean scientists have created a new type of biochemical material that may stop hair fall and one day lead to new hairloss treatment options.
Two common hair loss conditions
It is being developed with the genetic conditions male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss in mind, as these are the two most widespread forms of hair loss globally. It is thought that these conditions will affect around 50% of men by the time they are 50, and, according to NHS England, around 50% of women by the time they are aged 65 or over.
Both of these conditions are already treatable, and clinically-proven drugs are used by people all around the world to stop their androgenetic alopecia (as genetic hair thinning is also known). For men, this typically involves the use of the MHRA and FDA-approved drug finasteride 1mg, which can help to inhibit a testosterone by-product named dihydrotestosterone, better known as DHT. In adults with an inherited sensitivity to it, DHT can cause follicles to shrink around the top of the head and hairline, leading to increasingly weak, thinning hair.
At Belgravia, men following bespoke courses of male hair loss treatment are also typically offered formulations of high strength minoxidil from those available at the in-house pharmacy. By opening up potassium channels in the scalp, new hair growth is encouraged by this topically-applied liquid or cream.
Although they cannot use finasteride, women’s hair loss treatment courses, also comprise appropriate solutions of high strength minoxidil which is applied directly to the scalp in order to promote hair growth. Additionally, like those for men, additional hair growth boosters designed to further encourage hair regrowth are also combined within most plans.
One of the key components of these is the premium food supplement Hair Vitalics which contains highly-targeted vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts shown to enhance hair health. However, these one-a-day tablets are far more than just a nutritional support; each formulation contains a unique ingredient designed to lower the amount of DHT in the bloodstream. In Hair Vitalics for Women this is the job of the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzen, whilst saw palmetto is responsible in Hair Vitalics for Men.
Wnt signalling pathway
The Korean researchers are trying to stop a protein called CXXC5 from acting as a negative regulator of the Wnt signalling pathway inside cells that are linked to follicle development, and the biochemical material they have created is called PTD-DMB.
“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,” said Choi Kang-yeol from Yonsei University in Seoul. “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.”
Having tested PTD-DMB on mice, the scientists report that new hair follicle growth was seen after 28 days. The plan now is to test on other animals to find out whether or not PTD-DMB has any toxicity issues – and also to see if the results can be replicated. Naturally, the long-term goal is to develop a new drug that may one day be used by humans.
As both male and female pattern hair loss are permanent, progressive conditions, if signs start to develop – whether these are excessive shedding, a receding hairline or simply a noticeable, on-going drop in hair density, for example – it is worth taking action swiftly. These hair loss conditions can often be successfully managed by proactive treatment tailored to the individual’s specific pattern and level of shedding, as well as their medical profile.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.