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auditory receptor cell of the inner ear


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Research Article: Improved Biolistic Transfection of Hair Cells

Date Published: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Hongyu Zhao, Matthew R. Avenarius, Peter G. Gillespie, Hiroko Ohki-Hamazaki. Abstract: Transient transfection of hair cells has proven challenging. Here we describe modifications to the Bio-Rad Helios Gene Gun that, along with an optimized protocol, improve transfection of bullfrog, chick, and mouse hair cells. … Continue reading

Research Article: Neurod1 Suppresses Hair Cell Differentiation in Ear Ganglia and Regulates Hair Cell Subtype Development in the Cochlea

Date Published: July 22, 2010 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Israt Jahan, Ning Pan, Jennifer Kersigo, Bernd Fritzsch, Bruce Riley. Abstract: At least five bHLH genes regulate cell fate determination and differentiation of sensory neurons, hair cells and supporting cells in the mammalian inner ear. Cross-regulation of Atoh1 and Neurog1 results in hair cell … Continue reading

Research Article: Coenzyme Q10 Protects Hair Cells against Aminoglycoside

Date Published: September 29, 2014 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Kazuma Sugahara, Yoshinobu Hirose, Takefumi Mikuriya, Makoto Hashimoto, Eiju Kanagawa, Hirotaka Hara, Hiroaki Shimogori, Hiroshi Yamashita, Berta Alsina. Abstract: It is well known that the production of free radicals is associated with sensory cell death induced by an aminoglycoside. Many researchers have reported … Continue reading

Research Article: Myc and Fgf Are Required for Zebrafish Neuromast Hair Cell Regeneration

Date Published: June 28, 2016 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Sang Goo Lee, Mingqian Huang, Nikolaus D. Obholzer, Shan Sun, Wenyan Li, Marco Petrillo, Pu Dai, Yi Zhou, Douglas A. Cotanche, Sean G. Megason, Huawei Li, Zheng-Yi Chen, Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh. Abstract: Unlike mammals, the non-mammalian vertebrate inner ear can regenerate the sensory cells, … Continue reading

Research Article: Hair-Cell Mechanotransduction Persists in TRP Channel Knockout Mice

Date Published: May 19, 2016 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Xudong Wu, Artur A. Indzhykulian, Paul D. Niksch, Roxanna M. Webber, Miguel Garcia-Gonzalez, Terry Watnick, Jing Zhou, Melissa A. Vollrath, David P. Corey, Bernd Sokolowski. Abstract: Members of the TRP superfamily of ion channels mediate mechanosensation in some organisms, and have been suggested … Continue reading

Research Article: Synchronization of Spontaneous Active Motility of Hair Cell Bundles

Date Published: November 5, 2015 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Tracy-Ying Zhang, Seung Ji, Dolores Bozovic, Lawrence M Ward. Abstract: Hair cells of the inner ear exhibit an active process, believed to be crucial for achieving the sensitivity of auditory and vestibular detection. One of the manifestations of the active process is the … Continue reading

Research Article: Optical Stimulation of Zebrafish Hair Cells Expressing Channelrhodopsin-2

Date Published: May 2, 2014 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Bryan D. Monesson-Olson, Jenna Browning-Kamins, Razina Aziz-Bose, Fabiana Kreines, Josef G. Trapani, Filippo Del Bene. Abstract: Vertebrate hair cells are responsible for the high fidelity encoding of mechanical stimuli into trains of action potentials (spikes) in afferent neurons. Here, we generated a transgenic … Continue reading

Research Article: Functional Hair Cell Mechanotransducer Channels Are Required for Aminoglycoside Ototoxicity

Date Published: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Abdelrahman Alharazneh, Lauren Luk, Markus Huth, Ashkan Monfared, Peter S. Steyger, Alan G. Cheng, Anthony J. Ricci, Michael N. Nitabach. Abstract: Aminoglycosides (AG) are commonly prescribed antibiotics with potent bactericidal activities. One main side effect is permanent sensorineural hearing loss, induced by selective inner … Continue reading

Research Article: Acoustic Trauma Increases Cochlear and Hair Cell Uptake of Gentamicin

Date Published: April 28, 2011 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Hongzhe Li, Qi Wang, Peter S. Steyger, Steven Barnes. Abstract: Exposure to intense sound or high doses of aminoglycoside antibiotics can increase hearing thresholds, induce cochlear dysfunction, disrupt hair cell morphology and promote hair cell death, leading to permanent hearing loss. When the two … Continue reading

Research Article: Hair Cell Bundles: Flexoelectric Motors of the Inner Ear

Date Published: April 22, 2009 Publisher: Public Library of Science Author(s): Kathryn D. Breneman, William E. Brownell, Richard D. Rabbitt, Vladimir Brezina. Abstract: Microvilli (stereocilia) projecting from the apex of hair cells in the inner ear are actively motile structures that feed energy into the vibration of the inner ear and enhance sensitivity to sound. … Continue reading

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