Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California

UC Irvine

UC Irvine Previously Published Works bannerUC Irvine

Human hair follicles as a peripheral source of tyrosine hydroxylase and aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase mRNA


Total RNA from human hair follicles was reverse transcribed and amplified using primers specific for aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH). Agarose electrophoresis of the amplified products showed reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) products of the expected size for both TH and AADC. Sequencing showed that the amplified products matched the known sequences of TH and AADC. This study identifies hair follicles as a convenient, uninvasive, source of the mRNA for TH and AADC. Analysis of these mRNA's may be useful in the diagnosis and investigation of conditions resulting from qualitative changes in the genes that code for these enzymes.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Main Content
For improved accessibility of PDF content, download the file to your device.
Current View