A new study from South Korea has successfully tested a hair regrowth hormone on mice.
A team led by Professor Kang-Yell Choi of Yonsei University, Seoul created a new biochemical which when tested upon mice for 28 days was found to instigate new growth of hair and regeneration.
The biochemical, dubbed catchily 'PTD-DBM' works by stopping two proteins from binding. Usually when these two proteins, (CXXC-type zine finger protein 5, and dishevelled proteins) bind, they disrupt the pathway in the body that controls follicle regeneration and wound healing.
As such, PTD-DBM prevented these disruptors from disrupting, and allowed hair regeneration to continue as normal.
When the scientists combined PTD-DBM application with valproic acid, the hair grew back even quicker.
Kang-Yell Choi wrote;
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 regenerate damaged skin tissues.
According to LadBible the next step is to check if PTD-DBM has any toxic side effects.