The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Palestine
A cure for baldness may have moved a step closer after scientists investigated the side effects of a drug used to treat brittle bones.
Experts looked at why the drug caused unwanted hair growth.
They discovered that Cyclosporine A (CsA) blocked a protein called SFRP1 which normally suppresses hair growth.
But CsA has other unwanted side effects so the scientists from Manchester University then sought out another compound – WAY-316606 – which also had the same effect.
They found that WAY-316606 was even better at suppressing the SFRP1 protein and didn’t have side effects.
The scientists hope the compound could be used to develop a drug to reverse hair loss.
Dr Nathan Hawkshaw, whose study is published in journal PLOS Biology, said: “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes hair growth is exciting.
“A clinical trial is required to tell us if this drug is both effective and safe.”
Currently the only options for baldness are a transplant or the drugs minoxidil and finasteride which have side effects and often produce disappointing results.