Caspase-1 Level Is Higher in the Scalp in Androgenetic Alopecia

    July 2012 in “Dermatologic Surgery
    Juan Pablo de Rivero Vaccari, Marty E. Sawaya, Frank J. Brand, Bernard P. Nusbaum, Alan J. Bauman, Helen M. Bramlett, W. Dalton Dietrich, Robert E. Keane
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    TLDR Higher caspase-1 levels found in balding scalps; reducing it may help treat hair loss.
    The study found that caspase-1, a protein involved in inflammation, is expressed at higher levels in the scalp of individuals with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) compared to those without AGA. Finasteride treatment resulted in less expression of caspase-1. The findings suggest that endocrine-immune interactions play a crucial role in scalp tissue and that targeting caspase-1 may be a potential therapeutic approach for AGA.
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