Male-pattern baldness, common latent viruses, and microcompetition

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018 Dec;17(6):1286-1287. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12710. Epub 2018 Jul 17.


Many studies link the development of androgen-related disorders to the overexpression of two proteins, 5α-reductase and androgen receptor (AR). In this commentary, we use microcompetition to explain how common latent viruses can cause transcription factor deficiency, overexpression of 5α-reductase and AR, and male-pattern baldness.

Keywords: androgens; gene expression; latent virus; male-pattern baldness; microcompetition; transcription factor.

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / etiology*
  • Cholestenone 5 alpha-Reductase
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Receptors, Androgen
  • Virus Latency


  • Receptors, Androgen
  • Cholestenone 5 alpha-Reductase