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A multi-scale model for hair follicles reveals heterogeneous domains driving rapid spatiotemporal hair growth patterning

  1. Qixuan Wang
  2. Ji Won Oh
  3. Hye-Lim Lee
  4. Anukriti Dhar
  5. Tao Peng
  6. Raul Ramos
  7. Christian Fernando Guerrero-Juarez
  8. Xiaojie Wang
  9. Ran Zhao
  10. Xiaoling Cao
  11. Jonathan Le
  12. Melisa A Fuentes
  13. Shelby C Jocoy
  14. Antoni R Rossi
  15. Brian Vu
  16. Kim Pham
  17. Xiaoyang Wang
  18. Nanda Maya Mali
  19. Jung Min Park
  20. June-Hyug Choi
  21. Hyunsu Lee
  22. Julien Legrand
  23. Eve Kandyba
  24. Jung Chul Kim
  25. Moonkyu Kim
  26. John Foley
  27. Zhengquan Yu
  28. Krzysztof Kobielak
  29. Bogi Andersen
  30. Kiarash Khosrotehrani
  31. Qing Nie Is a corresponding author
  32. Maksim V Plikus Is a corresponding author
  1. University of California, Irvine, United States
  2. School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea
  3. School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Korea (South), Republic of
  4. University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Australia
  5. University of Southern California, United States
  6. Kyungpook National University Hospital, Republic of Korea
  7. Indiana University School of Medicine, United States
  8. College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, China
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Cite as: eLife 2017;6:e22772 doi: 10.7554/eLife.22772

Abstract

The control principles behind robust cyclic regeneration of hair follicles (HFs) remain unclear. Using multi-scale modeling we show that coupling inhibitors and activators with physical growth of HFs is sufficient to drive periodicity and excitability of hair regeneration. Model simulations and experimental data reveal that mouse skin behaves as a heterogeneous regenerative field, composed of anatomical domains where HFs have distinct cycling dynamics. Interactions between fast-cycling chin and ventral HFs and slow-cycling dorsal HFs produce bilaterally symmetric patterns. Ear skin behaves as a hyper-refractory domain with HFs in extended rest phase. Such hyper-refractivity relates to high levels of BMP ligands and WNT antagonists, in part expressed by ear-specific cartilage and muscle. Hair growth stops at the boundaries with hyper-refractory ears and anatomically discontinuous eyelids, generating wave-breaking effects. We posit that similar mechanisms for coupled regeneration with dominant activator, hyper-refractory, and wave-breaker regions can operate in other actively renewing organs.

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  1. Qixuan Wang

    Department of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  2. Ji Won Oh

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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    ORCID icon 0000-0001-5742-5120
  3. Hye-Lim Lee

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  4. Anukriti Dhar

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  5. Tao Peng

    Department of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  6. Raul Ramos

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  7. Christian Fernando Guerrero-Juarez

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  8. Xiaojie Wang

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  9. Ran Zhao

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  10. Xiaoling Cao

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  11. Jonathan Le

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  12. Melisa A Fuentes

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  13. Shelby C Jocoy

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  14. Antoni R Rossi

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  15. Brian Vu

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  16. Kim Pham

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  17. Xiaoyang Wang

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  18. Nanda Maya Mali

    Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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  19. Jung Min Park

    Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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  20. June-Hyug Choi

    Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea (South), Republic of
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  21. Hyunsu Lee

    Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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  22. Julien Legrand

    Experimental Dermatology Group, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Brisbane, Australia
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  23. Eve Kandyba

    Department of Pathology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
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    ORCID icon 0000-0002-9219-5284
  24. Jung Chul Kim

    Hair Transplantation Center, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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  25. Moonkyu Kim

    Hair Transplantation Center, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, Republic of Korea
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  26. John Foley

    Department of Dermatology, Medical Sciences Program, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, United States
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  27. Zhengquan Yu

    State Key Laboratories for Agrobiotechnology, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China
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    ORCID icon 0000-0001-8696-2013
  28. Krzysztof Kobielak

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  29. Bogi Andersen

    Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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    ORCID icon 0000-0001-7181-2768
  30. Kiarash Khosrotehrani

    Experimental Dermatology Group, University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, Brisbane, Australia
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  31. Qing Nie

    Department of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
    For correspondence
    qnie@math.uci.edu
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  32. Maksim V Plikus

    Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
    For correspondence
    plikus@uci.edu
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    ORCID icon 0000-0002-8845-2559

Funding

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R01-AR067273)

  • Maksim V Plikus

National Research Foundation of Korea (2016R1C1B1015211)

  • Ji Won Oh

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R01-AR061552)

  • Krzysztof Kobielak

National Health and Medical Research Council (1023371)

  • Kiarash Khosrotehrani

National Science Foundation (DGE-1321846)

  • Christian Fernando Guerrero-Juarez

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (GM055246)

  • Christian Fernando Guerrero-Juarez

Pew Charitable Trusts (29641)

  • Maksim V Plikus

National Science Foundation (DMS 1161621)

  • Qing Nie

National Cancer Institute (T32-CA009054)

  • Hye-Lim Lee

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (R01-AR056439)

  • Bogi Andersen

National Science Foundation (DMS 1562176)

  • Qing Nie

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (P50-GM076516)

  • Qing Nie

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R01-GM107264)

  • Qing Nie

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R01-NS095355)

  • Qing Nie

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: This study was performed in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health. All of the animals were handled according to approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocols (#2012-3054 and #2013-3081) of the University of California, Irvine.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Valerie Horsley, Reviewing Editor, Yale University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: October 28, 2016
  2. Accepted: June 29, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 11, 2017 (version 1)

Copyright

© 2017, Wang et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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