Female pattern baldness
Male pattern baldness has been a simple problem that has defied solution by medical science for such a long time. Now that the enzyme 5 –alpha reductase has been found in the human scalp and other areas of skin in addition to where it was initially reported in the prostate gland, it seems the solution to the problem is not far from sight. 5 alpha reductase causes the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone which then initiates the development of the male external genitalia and prostate gland, by binding to the androgen receptors. It is also relevant to note that the gene for 5 alpha reductase has been mapped to chromosome 5. If 5 alpha reductase causes male pattern baldness, it would be reasd to construct its antagonists or inhibitors to use to treat male pattern baldness and other conditions thought to be caused by 5-alpha reductase, such as acne, hirsutism etc.
Skin explanatory video
Structure of the skin
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