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I S Haslam, L Jadkauskaite, Imre Lőrinc Szabó, S Staege, J Hesebeck-Brinckmann, G Jenkins, R Bhogal, F L Lim, N Farjo, B Farjo, T Bíró, M Schäfer, R Paus
The in situ control of redox insult in human organs is of major clinical relevance, yet remains incompletely understood. Activation of Nrf2, the "master regulator" of genes controlling cellular redox homeostasis, is advocated as a therapeutic strategy for diseases with severely impaired redox balance. It remains to be shown whether this strategy is effective in human organs, rather than isolated human cell types. We have therefore explored the role of Nrf2 in a uniquely accessible human (mini-) organ, human scalp hair follicles (HFs)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Mari Sasaki, Shohei Shinozaki, Kentaro Shimokado
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes the regression of human hair follicles in the parietal scalp, leading to androgenic alopecia (AGA). Sulforaphane (SFN) increases the expression of DHT degrading enzymes, such as 3α-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (3α-HSDs), and, therefore, SFN treatment may improve AGA. To determine the effects of SFN on hair growth, we administered SFN (10 mg/kg BW, IP) or vehicle (DMSO) to ob/ob mice for six weeks and examined hair regeneration and the plasma levels of testosterone and DHT...
March 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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