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Topic Title: Odor-sensing protein spurs hair growth
Topic Summary: Sandalwood-scented molecule stimulates growth in cultured follicles
Created On: 09/19/2018 07:18 AM
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 09/19/2018 07:18 AM
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The compound engages with a receptor in hair follicle cells and prevents skin cells from dying.

A synthetic compound that mimics the smell of sandalwood encourages human scalp tissue in the lab to maintain hair growth, researchers report today (September 18) in Nature Communications. The chemical works by triggering an odor receptor in hair follicles, which decreases rates of cell death and boosts the production of a growth factor.

"This is actually a rather amazing finding," coauthor Ralf Paus of the University of Manchester tells The Independent. "This is the first time ever that it has been shown that the remodelling of a normal human mini-organ [a hair] can be regulated by a simple, cosmetically widely-used odorant."

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/synthetic-sandalwood-maintains-hair-growth-in-human-tissue-64823
 09/23/2018 06:04 PM
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Originally posted by: greets2

The compound engages with a receptor in hair follicle cells and prevents skin cells from dying.

Sounds similar to what minoxidil does. I always thought that without normal apoptosis of cells there's a danger of those cells becoming cancerous. That's the problem of trying to extend telomeres. If this works out it could be a way of slowing aging in general.
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