A potential cure for baldness: A micro RNA molecule

Hair loss is a problem that affects millions of people worldwide. Although there are some treatments currently available, none represent a definitive cure. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University may change this in the future.

The study, published in the journal PNAS, found that age-related stiffness in hair follicle stem cells can inhibit hair growth. By increasing the production of a micro-RNA called miR-205, researchers were able to make these stem cells more flexible, promoting hair growth in both young and old mice.

Implications of the study

The findings of this study have important implications for the search for new treatments for baldness. Some key points:

  • It indicates that it is possible to stimulate hair growth by manipulating the mechanical properties of hair follicle stem cells.
  • It opens the possibility of developing new treatments that promote hair growth by making these stem cells more flexible.
  • Researchers plan to test whether topically administered miR-205 can stimulate hair growth in humans.
  • If these assays are successful, they could facilitate the development of new effective therapies for baldness.

What will be the future of baldness treatments?

Although several years of research are still needed before a stem cell-based and micro-RNA treatment for baldness is available on the market, this study represents a significant scientific breakthrough.

It demonstrates that manipulating hair follicle stem cells is a promising strategy and opens the door to the development of new therapies that can effectively and durably promote hair growth.

In conclusion, baldness remains a troublesome problem for millions, but the future looks promising. If future studies in humans confirm the initial findings, we may have new stem cell-based treatments for hair loss in a few years.

At CapilarFix®, we are aware of these scientific advances because our mission is to stop each patients’ hair loss by combining science and experience. Let’s continue to hope for a future with more hair!