Reference : Mechanobiology and cell tensegrity: the root of ethnic hair curling?
Scientific journals : Article
Human health sciences : Dermatology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/106365
Mechanobiology and cell tensegrity: the root of ethnic hair curling?
English
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine [> > > >]
PAQUET, Philippe mailto [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Dermatologie]
QUATRESOOZ, Pascale mailto [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Dermatopathologie >]
PIERARD, Gérald mailto [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Dermatopathologie >]
2011
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Blackwell Publishing
10
2
163-7
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1473-2130
1473-2165
[en] Biomechanics ; Ethnic Groups ; Hair/anatomy & histology/ultrastructure ; Humans ; Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
[en] BACKGROUND: The hair shape, either straight, crimp, or curly, is basically under genetic influence. It is possibly altered by some drugs such as cytostatic agents. In addition, specific innate molecular characteristics are modulated by some cosmetic procedures to reshape the hair shafts. AIM: To revisit the possible implication of mechanobiology and cell tensegrity in shaping ethnic hair. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Optical and scanning electron microscopy of hairs. RESULTS: It is generally held that the cross-section shape of hair is related to differences in the global aspect of the hair shaft. A possible biologic link between these features may rely on shaping cell tensegrity at any portion of the hair shaft. Cell tensegrity encompasses all intrinsic and extrinsic forces responsible for the three-dimensional arrangement of intracellular macromolecules. CONCLUSION: We offer as a hypothesis that the hair shape in part depends on the organization of the cell proliferation in the hair matrix. This review gathers observations supporting the involvement of cell tensegrity in shaping the hair shaft.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/106365
10.1111/j.1473-2165.2011.00553.x
(c) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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