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Human Hair Follicle Stem Cells
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| Brooke Grindlinger
Posted on 01/06/2006 5:08:55 PM PST by Coleus
Human Hair Follicle Stem Cells
Category: Dermatology News
Article Date: 06 Jan 2006
In a study appearing in the January 4, 2006 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Jonathan Vogel and colleagues from the National Cancer Institute successfully isolated and characterized genes expressed by human hair follicle stem cells. The isolation, cultivation, and propagation of these stem cells are important for tissue-engineering approaches to treating disorders of the hair and skin.
Stem cells in the skin and hair follicles are the ultimate source of cells that regenerate the skin and the growth of new hairs. Vogel and colleagues used sophisticated techniques to engraft human scalp tissue onto mice and then isolated and examined living human hair follicle stem cells. The authors identified a panel of marker proteins expressed on the surface of these elusive cells that can be used in future research to aid in their identification. They go on to note important differences between mouse and human stem cell markers.
In an accompanying commentary, George Cotsarelis from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, discusses the importance of these results: "investigators can now readily extract and study very specific follicular cell types for the ability to regenerate hair and skin, with the hope of developing novel methods for treating skin and hair disease."
TITLE: Characterization and isolation of stem cell-enriched human hair follicle bulge cells
View the PDF of this article at: the-jci.org/article.php?id=26043
TITLE: Gene expression profiling gets to the root of human hair follicle stem cells
email@example.comJournal of Clinical Investigation
TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: adultstemcells; hair; hairfollicle; hairfollicles; humanhair; stemcells
posted on 01/06/2006 5:08:55 PM PST
To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
posted on 01/06/2006 5:09:26 PM PST
(IMHO, The IVF procedure is immoral & kills many embryos/children and should be outlawed)
Vogel and colleagues used sophisticated techniques to engraft human scalp tissue onto mice
Great. Carrot Top mice.
Dr. Frankenstein would be envious.
posted on 01/06/2006 5:13:35 PM PST
by Dog Gone
This has great potential for treating burn victims. If the tissue is cultured from the victims own hair follicles, there's no issue of rejection, and no need to cut up healthy skin on the unburned areas.
And, of course, nobody gets killed.
posted on 01/06/2006 5:18:21 PM PST
(Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
There's a very large contingency of the "follicularly challenged" who will be quite happy to see this article, as well.
Merck is going to lose some Propecia sales in the future, it doth appear.
Melanocyte stem cells to reverse greying hair could have the makers of "Grecian Formula" weeping in their Brylcreem.
posted on 01/06/2006 7:36:38 PM PST
(Someday, they'll wish their Jihad... Jihadn't.)
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