Is Genetic Hair Loss Linked to Other Diseases?March 9th, 2011
Q: There was a retrospective study by Lotufo et al. linking male pattern baldness to heart disease. Do you think there are other links like this for androgenetic alopecia? — J.L., San Francisco, CA
A: Family studies revealed both the androgen receptor locus on the X chromosome, as well as a new locus on chromosome 3q26. Association studies performed in two independent groups revealed a locus on chromosome 20 (not near any known genes) as well as the androgen receptor on the X chromosome.
So far, the genetic studies for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) have not revealed identification of a particular gene other than the androgen receptor, as well as the two candidate regions on chromosomes 3 and 20. Inasmuch as the androgen receptor can be involved in other diseases, this might be a feasible connection. Until candidate genes are identified that underlie AGA, it is impossible to predict where the commonalities might lie.
Excerpted from Angela Christiano, Hair Transplant Forum International 2011; 21(1): 14-15.
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Topic: Genetics of Hair Loss
Tags: Androgen Receptor, Androgenetic Alopecia, Chromosome 20, Chromosome 3q26, Dr. Angela Christiano, Genes, Genetic Diseases, Genetic Hair Loss, Hair Loss Genetics, Hair Transplant Forum International, Male Pattern Baldness, X Chromosome Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on March 9th, 2011 at 3:00 pm