Medical Molecular Morphology

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 123–127 | Cite as

Embryonic development of hair follicle pluripotent stem (hfPS) cells

  • Yasuyuki AmohEmail author
  • Lingna Li
  • Kensei Katsuoka
  • Robert M. Hoffman
Original Paper


Our laboratory discovered nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells and demonstrated their pluripotency. We have shown that nestin-positive and K15-negative multipotent hair follicle stem cells are located above the hair follicle bulge, and we termed these cells hair follicle pluripotent stem (hfPS) cells. We have previously shown that hair follicle stem cells can regenerate peripheral nerve and spinal cord. In the present study, we describe the embryonic development of the hair follicle stem cell area (hfPSCA), which is located above the bulge and below the sebaceous glands in the adult mouse. At embryonic day 16.5 (E16.5) of nestindriven GFP (ND-GFP) transgenic mice, which express nestin in hfPS cells, the ND-GFP hair follicle stem cells are located in mesenchymal condensates. At postnatal day 0 (P0), the ND-GFP-expressing cells are migrating to the upper part of the hair follicle from the dermal papilla. At P3, keratin 15 (K15)-positive cells, derived from ND-GFP dermal papilla cells, are located in the outer-root sheath and basal layer of the epidermis. By P10, the ND-GFP have formed the K15-positive outer-root sheath as well as the ND-GFP hfPSA. These results suggest that ND-GFP hfPS cells in the dermal papilla form nestin-expressing hair follicle stem cells in the first hair cycle. These observations provide new insight into the origins of hfPS cells and the hfPSCA.

Key words

Hair follicle Stem cell Development Nestin GFP 


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© The Japanese Society for Clinical Molecular Morphology 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuyuki Amoh
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Lingna Li
    • 2
  • Kensei Katsuoka
    • 1
  • Robert M. Hoffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyKitasato University School of MedicineSagamiharaJapan
  2. 2.AntiCancer, Inc.San DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryUniversity of California at San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

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