The inflammatory aspect of male and female pattern hair loss

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Abstract

Male and female pattern hair loss (MPHL and FPHL, respectively), is the most common cause of hair loss affecting nearly 80 million people in the US, yet treatment options remain limited and lacking. As the need for more effective therapeutics remains unmet, this perspective offers a unique angle by directing attention to the inflammatory aspect of MPHL and FPHL. Evidence and implications of inflammation as a characteristic feature of MPHL and FPHL are highlighted through evaluation of clinical and quantitative data. Comparable results suggest the presence of significant perifollicular inflammatory infiltrates, such as lymphocytes and histiocytes, as well as the involvement of inflammatory genes, such as CASP7 and TNF, in the presentation of MPHL and FPHL. Resurfacing of the inflammatory aspect in MPHL and FPHL pathogenesis will advance future developments in MPHL and FPHL therapeutic options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-881
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Inflammation Research
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Female pattern baldness
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation
  • Male pattern baldness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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