Potassium Channel Theory Of Hair Loss
The discovery that potassium ion channels exist within the dermal papilla cells of human hair follicles provided a novel therapeutic target for researchers.
The precise physiological mechanisms responsible for hair loss have eluded scientists for years. This explains why, in spite of an extremely large patient population, very few solutions currently exist.
Over the last decades various theories and hypotheses have emerged about the molecular mechanisms behind hair loss. Although our understanding is still limited, the major causes of hair loss can be distilled down to:
Potassium ion channels have been implicated in a vast array of diseases ranging from hepatitis C to diabetes. These small pore-forming protein structures control the transport of potassium ions across the hair follicle’s cell membrane and are essential for retaining the follicle’s full biological activity and function.
The recent discovery that potassium ion channels exist within the dermal papilla cells of human hair follicles provided a novel therapeutic target for researchers.
Scientists have demonstrated that as people experience hair loss the function of potassium channels within hair follicles diminishes. The effect is impaired membrane potential and interrupted ion transportation across the hair follicle's cellular membranes – resulting in shrinking follicles and thinning hair.
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