Proteome analysis of the human hair remains challenging due to the poor solubility of hair proteins and the difficulty in their extraction. In the present study, we have developed a rapid extraction protocol for hair shaft protein using alkaline-based buffer. The new protocol accelerated the procedure by reducing the extraction time from at least a day to less than two hours and showed a protein recovery of 47.3 ± 3.72%. Further analyses of the extracted protein sample through sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and Quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis unveiled a total of 60 proteins, including 25 that were not previously reported. Identification of these proteins is anticipated to be crucial in helping to understand the molecular basis of hair for potential applications in the future.
Wong, S. Y., Lee, C. C., Ashrafzadeh, A., Junit, S. M., Abrahim, N., & Hashim, O. H. (2016). A High-Yield Two-Hour protocol for extraction of human hair shaft proteins. PLoS ONE, 11(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0164993