Research on Hair Follicles Could Offer Insight

University of Toronto scientists have discovered cells in hair follicles that seem to function like dermal stem cells and could have potential uses in many areas of medicine.

Whilst we don’t currently offer stem cell application for hair loss, this research offers insight into how stem cell application can be used for a range of skin conditions, including scarring and skin cancer.

Freda Miller, Ph.D., professor of molecular and medical genetics at the University, reviewed her and her colleagues’ current and prior research at a recent International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting.

Hair growth

“We were very interested in finding an accessible source for human nervous system therapies,” Dr. Miller commented.
After conducting various experiments Dr. Miller and her colleagues found that skin-derived precursors (SKPs) live in the dermal papillae and the dermal sheath. They also noticed that endogenous cells are active in the dermal matrix and repair.

“The dream is that you can take advantage of the stem cells that we now know live in many of your tissues and somehow activate them or wake them up to repair and regenerate tissues,” says Dr. Miller.

With her co-investigators Dr. Miller showed that cultures of multi-potent precursors are able to be grown from the dermis of mammalian skin, both neonatal and adult.

In the past scientists have demonstrated that Sox2+ precursors are endogenous dermal stem cells and can induce hair growth as well as keeping the dermis intact.

“We have shown this in mice and rats,” says Dr. Miller on the induction of hair manipulation. “We don’t know if it will be the case in humans or not. If so, it could be used for alopecia or chemotherapy-induced hair loss.”

Angeles hospital in MexicoAlthough we don’t currently offer stem cell application for the treatment hair loss, the specialists at Stem Cell Application Mexico are pioneers in the treatment of a range of conditions, including COPD and heart conditions.

Stem cell application at Angeles hospital is used for many different conditions. For more information please contact us using the form on the right.

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