Hair Keratin: Composition, Structure and Biogenesis

  • Barry C. Powell
  • George E. Rogers


The proteins of hair reside in the main histological components that make up a hair, namely the cortex, the outer covering of cuticle and in most hairs, a central core or medulla. Our knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of the proteins present in the cells of these three different cellular components is extensive and has produced a large body of scientific literature especially over the last 25 years. Most of it has arisen from the demands of wool research carried out in several countries and, relatively speaking, there is very little equivalent information available about human hair and other animal hairs. Necessarily then, most of the present discussion will draw on the wool model, but attention will also be given to results obtained with other animal hairs.


Human Hair Wool Fibre Intermediate Filament Keratin Gene Hair Keratin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry C. Powell
    • 1
  • George E. Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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