new cure for baldness

A new injectable treatment for hair loss could be on the way thanks to a group of researchers from the University of California. The team found that SCUBE3, a signalling molecule, could potentially cure androgenetic alopecia.

While initial results have proven promising, could it really signal a cure for baldness? Here, we look at what the study revealed, and whether the findings could finally lead to a long-term cure.

Follicle hacking drug could be answer to hair loss

New research, led by the professor of developmental and cell biology at the University of California, Maksim Plikus, suggests a follicle hacking drug could cure hair loss. The team discovered the SCUBE3 molecule can essentially hack hair follicles, triggering growth.

Pilkus initially wanted to gain a greater understanding of the papilla cells that are located in the bottom part of hair follicles. Due to how difficult it is to study these cells; the researchers used a genetic tool to try and manipulate a signalling pathway that drives hair growth.

The study was carried out on hairless mice, and within a short period of time they observed rapid hair growth. To determine what part of the pathway was responsible for the growth, the researchers used single-cell RNA sequencing. It was then they discovered that SCUBE3 was behind it.

Findings of the study are promising and could now lead to a potential injectable cure. But how excited should you be for this new discovery?

Could an injectable cure for baldness be available soon?

Although the new findings could prove life-changing for hair loss patients in the future, there is a long way to go before an injectable cure is released onto the market.

The research team admits there is still a long way to go. They need to move away from testing on mice to carrying out human trials. Vigorous safety testing will also need to be carried out to ensure there are no dangers of using any new drugs that are developed.

So unfortunately, an injectable cure is unlikely to be available anytime soon. However, in years to come it is looking more likely that a cure will be developed.

Seeking treatment for hair loss

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, there are some great, effective treatment options available now. For temporary hair loss, topical treatments such as Minoxidil have proven highly effective at triggering regrowth. However, these treatments typically will stop working as soon as you stop taking them.

To determine which hair loss treatment is right for you, book a consultation a dermatologist that specialises in hair loss.