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Researchers Identify Key Factor In Hair Loss Disorder

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December 25, 2001
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American Society For Technion - Israel Institute Of Technology
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Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have identified a key factor in the cause of alopecia areata, a hair loss disorder that often strikes children. Their study, to appear in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (December 2001), suggests that future treatments could involve desensitizing the body’s immune system to the substances that provoke the attack.

HAIFA, Israel and NEW YORK, N.Y., December 21, 2001 – Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have identified a key factor in the cause of alopecia areata, a hair loss disorder that often strikes children. Their study, to appear in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (December 2001), suggests that future treatments could involve desensitizing the body’s immune system to the substances that provoke the attack. The researchers previously showed that in alopecia areata, white blood cells – part of the immune system – attack hair follicles, pockets of skin cells in which hair is rooted. But what induces the attack wasn’t clear. In the new findings, researchers show that proteins produced by melanocytes, or hair pigment-producing cells, trigger the assault when the body mistakes molecules within the cells for foreign substances.


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