© Provided by IBT Media The "simple" method has regrown hair on mice and preliminary tests have indicated it's likely to be successful on humans.
Japanese scientists may have discovered a cure for baldness and it lies within a chemical used to make McDonalds fries.
A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University have used a simple method to regrow hair on mice withdimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonalds fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.
Preliminary testshave indicated the ground-breaking method is likely to be just as successful when transferred to human skin cells.
According to the study, released in the Biomaterials journal last Thursday, the breakthrough came after the scientists successfully mass-produced hair follicle germs (HFG) which were created for the first time ever in this way.
HFGs are the cells that drive follicle development and are known as the Holy Grail of hair loss research. The scientists credited the use ofdimethylpolysiloxane as the key to the advancement.
The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel, Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University, said in the study. We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.
Thetechniquecreated 5,000 HFGs simultaneously. The research team then seededthe prepared HFGs fromaHFG chip, a fabricated approximately300-microwell array, onto the mouse's body.
These self-sorted hair follicle germs (HFGs) were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice, Fukuda said.
Within days, Fukuda and his colleagues reported black hairs on the areas of the mouse where the chip was transplantedthephoto belowalso demonstrates the findings.
© Provided by IBT Media "This simple method is very robust and promising, Fukuda said. We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells."
In 2016, the U.S. hair loss treatment manufacturing industry was worth $6 billion. This included companies that produce restorative hair equipment, such as grafts for hair restoration, as well as oral and topical treatments.
McDonalds did not respond to Newsweek's request for commentat the time of publication.