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Tokushima Univ. and Lion Corp. discover proteins for hair growth

A joint research team of the University of Tokushima's Dermatological School of Medicine headed by Professor Seiji Arase and Lion Corporation, a Tokyo-based major maker of household products and chemicals, has discovered for the first time in the world that Ephrin, one of hair growth promoting signals that controls male pattern hair loss, can increase the number of hair root cells. The discovery came in an experiment using mice, as part of joint dermatological studies focusing on hair growth.
The joint team found that the number of hair root cells increased and large hair root cells were formed deep in the skin of new-born mice which received dermatological injection of Ephrin, while such a phenomena did not occur in new-born mice without such injections.
Earlier in September, the joint team had already found that Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), another hair growth promoting signal, promotes the synthesis of keratin, the main component of hair. The two partners are pushing for development of hair-nourishment products.
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