IRF4 and Gray Hair
by Erick Carter
IRF4 (interferon regulatory factor 4 gene) plays a role in hair color, but now it’s linked to gray hair. A team lead by Professor Andres Ruiz-Linares of the University College, London has connected the IRF4 gene to gray hair.
“IRF4 is involved in regulating production and storage of melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin, and eye color,” the scientists said.
It’s well known that the cause of gray hair is, absence of melanin. Knowing that IRF4 regulates the production of melanin, it may lead to a new way of covering gray or perhaps slowing down the process. But don’t get over excited, it’s still in the infant stage and there is much more work to be done. So don’t cancel your color appointment.
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