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107 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) from a rat cochlea cDNA library were identified by systematic sequencing coupled to database selection and RT-PCR analysis of novel sequences. This approach led us to select a clone, pCO8, showing no significant homology with any database sequence, that corresponds to a mRNA whose expression is restricted to the cochlea,(More)
We have cloned and sequenced an alpha parvalbumin cDNA from the guinea pig cochlea. The deduced amino acid sequence shows greater identity with the rabbit sequence (86.3%) than with other mammalian sequences (< 82%). Using in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, alpha parvalbumin mRNA and protein were found in primary auditory neurons and inner hair(More)
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