Researchers led by Choi Kang-yeol of Yonsei University in Seoul have created a new biochemical agent they say not only prevents hair loss but actually promotes the growth of new hair. They call this new wonder material PTD-DMB.
The scientists found that hair regrowth stops due to an interaction between two scalp proteins.
One of them is called CXXC5, and on binding with the other protein, it prevents the regeneration of hair follicles. PTD-DMB prevents the two proteins from binding and therefore promotes new hair growth.
Applying PRD-DMB to the hairless skin of mice for 28 days produced new follicle growth, and researchers were able to speed up that growth with addition of valproic acid.
“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. 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,” Choi reportedly said.