Autologous Cellular Method Using Micrografts of Human Adipose Tissue Derived Follicle Stem Cells in Androgenic Alopecia

Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Jul 13;20(14):3446. doi: 10.3390/ijms20143446.


Hair bio-engineering has risen at the crossing point of various manipulations to meet a clinical requirement for innovations to advance hair growth. The authors reported the microscopic and trichoscopic results of an autologous cell biological technique to compare, through histological, immunocytochemistry, and cytospin analysis, hair re-growth obtained by micro-grafts from scalp tissue containing Human Intra- and Extra-Dermal Adipose Tissue-Derived Hair Follicle Stem Cells (HD-AFSCs) versus placebo (saline solution). An autologous solution of micro-grafts was obtained from mechanical fragmentation and centrifugation of scalp biopsy's (2 × 2 mm) using "Gentile protocol". The micro-grafts solution was mechanically infiltrated on half of the selected patients' scalps with Androgenic Alopecia (Norwood-Hamilton 2-5 and Ludwig 1-2). The other half was infiltrated with saline solution. Three injections were performed to each patient at 45-day intervals. Of the 35 patients who were enrolled, 1 was excluded and 1 was rejected. 23 and 44 weeks after the last micro graft's injections, the patients displayed a hair density improvement, with a mean increment of 33% ± 7.5% and 27% ± 3.5% respectively, contrasted with baseline values, for the treated region. Microscopic assessment appeared, in scalp biopsies, to show an expansion in the number of hair follicles per mm2 following 11 months from the last micro-grafts application compared with baseline (1.4 + 0.27 versus 0.46 + 0.15, respectively; p < 0.05). HD-AFSCs contained in micro-grafts may represent a safe and effective alternative therapy option against hair loss.

Keywords: extra dermal-adipose tissue derived follicle stem cells; hair mesenchymal stem cells; hair stem cells; intra dermal-adipose tissue derived follicle stem cells; micro-grafts.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / cytology*
  • Adipose Tissue / metabolism*
  • Alopecia / diagnosis
  • Alopecia / etiology
  • Alopecia / metabolism*
  • Alopecia / therapy*
  • Animals
  • Biomarkers
  • Dermis / cytology
  • Hair Follicle / cytology*
  • Humans
  • Immunophenotyping
  • Phenotype
  • Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Transplantation, Autologous
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Biomarkers