American Fancy Rat & Mouse Association

This article is from the WSSF 2015 AFRMA Rat & Mouse Tales news-magazine.


Baldness Cures

Did You Know?  Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on Hairless mice. Scientists implanted follicles from adult stem cells which grew hair that regenerated in normal growth cycles. This gives hope to people to grow their own hair.

Study Fully functional hair follicle regeneration through the rearrangement of stem cells and their niches published in Nature Communications, 3, Article number: 784

One news story Baldness cure hopes sparked by hairless mice in The Independent.

And at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, scientists found by genetically engineering hairless mice to produce Hairless protein in specific cells within their hair follicles, they caused the mice to regrow thick fur. Hair has growth, regression, rest, and regrowth stages and if something goes wrong with this process, hair becomes thin and falls out. By controlling the timing of a key signaling pathway, they were able to induce hair growth.

Study Hairless triggers reactivation of hair growth by promoting Wnt signaling, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), October 11, 2005, vol. 102 no. 41.

October 22, 2018