Probst, 1975 (topical-ODC & hair growth)

Probst, 1975

Title: Ornithine decarboxylase activity in relation to DNA synthesis in mouse interfollicular epidermis and hair follicles.

Authors: Probst E, Krebs A

Journal: Biochim Biophys Acta 1975 Oct 1;407(2):147-57

PMID: 1182178, UI: 76040127

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The relationship between ornithine decarboxylase (L-ornithine carboxylyase, EC activity and DNA synthetic activity was studied in mouse epidermis. Interfollicular epidermis and hair follicles were investigated separately. It was found that, in hair follicles, the variations of DNA replicative activity, which are reflected in the cyclic growth of hair, are paralleled by corresponding changes in ornithine decarboxylase activity. In both interfollicular epidermis and hair follicles, stimulation of DNA synthetic activity by plucking of hair induced a rapid and marked increase in ornithine decarboxylase activity. The relationship of steady-state and induced ornithine decarboxylase activity to DNA synthetic activity was compared in hair follicles and interfollicular epidermis. A correlation between the activity of this enzyme and DNA replication was found thereby in each of these tissues.