A Japanese stem cell research team may have found a way to eliminate baldness by using an ingredient in McDonald’s french fries.
McDonald’s “world famous french fries” could be the cure for more than just hunger.
Yokohama National University scientists discovered the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone used in McDonald’s fry oil to prevent splashing, can be used to mass produce hair follicles on mice.
According to the study, the “simple method” has proved widely successful in creating “hair follicle germs” (HFG), or cells that help grow hair follicles.
The ground-breaking experiment using dimethylpolysiloxane has resulted in thousands of simultaneous hair follicle germs.
“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of the culture vessel, and it worked very well.”
When the new black hairs began to sprout in those areas, it was because of the HGFs that were transplanted into the backs of the mice.
The study said the technique created “5,000 HFGs simultaneously, and report[ed] new hair growth from the HFGs after transplantation into mice.”
The method has only been used in mice, but the team feels the technique will be able to be used on humans with similarly impressive results.
“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.”
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