Nov. 9, 2006 -- Glitches in the LIPH gene may cause inherited hair loss, a study shows.
Still, the LIPH gene stood out in a hair-loss study by researchers including Evgeny Rogaev, PhD, DrSci.
Rogaev is a psychiatry professor specializing in genetics at University of Massachusetts medical School.
He and his colleagues studied healthy people from 50 unrelated families in Russia with a condition of inherited hair loss and slow-growing hair. Those participants were part of a much bigger genetic study of more than 350,000 Russians.
Participants with inherited hair loss and slow-growing hair had a glitch in their LIPH gene, the study shows.
The LIPH gene makes LIPH, a protein that isn't thoroughly understood but seems to play a role in normal hair formation and growth, according to Rogaev's team.
The LIPH gene glitch appears to hamper the hair-growth process and "may be a potential target" for the development of new hair-loss drugs, note Rogaev and colleagues.