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Mutations in the gene coding for connexin26 (Cx26) is the most common cause of human nonsyndromic hereditary deafness. To investigate deafness mechanisms underlying Cx26 null mutations, we generated three independent lines of conditional Cx26 null mice. Cell differentiation and gross cochlear morphology at birth seemed normal. However, postnatal development(More)
Mutations in Gjb2 and Gjb6 genes, coding for connexin26 (Cx26) and Cx30 proteins, respectively, are linked to about half of all cases of human autosomal non-syndromic prelingual deafness. Molecular mechanisms of the hearing impairments, however, are unclear. Most cochlear gap junctions (GJs) are co-assembled from Cx26 and Cx30 and deletion of either one of(More)
We have shown previously that EM011, a synthetic compound, binds tubulin with a higher affinity than the founding compound, noscapine, without changing total microtubule polymer mass. Now we show that EM011 is potently effective against vinblastine-resistant human lymphoblastoid line CEM/VLB100 and its parental vinblastine-sensitive line CEM. The(More)
Connexin26 (Cx26) and connexin30 (Cx30) are two major protein subunits that co-assemble to form gap junctions (GJs) in the cochlea. Mutations in either one of them are the major cause of non-syndromic prelingual deafness in humans. Because the mechanisms of cochlear pathogenesis caused by Cx mutations are unclear, we investigated effects of Cx30 null(More)
De novo mutation in ATP6V1B2 impairs lysosome acidification and causes dominant deafness-onychodystrophy syndrome Dominant deafness-onychodystrophy syndrome (DDOD syndrome; MIM 124480) is characterized mainly by congenital sensorineural hearing loss accompanied by dystrophic or absent nails. Prominent differences between DDOD syndrome and DOORS syndrome(More)
Mutations in the potassium channel subunit KCNQ1 cause the human severe congenital deafness Jervell and Lange-Nielsen (JLN) syndrome. We applied a gene therapy approach in a mouse model of JLN syndrome (Kcnq1(-/-) mice) to prevent the development of deafness in the adult stage. A modified adeno-associated virus construct carrying a Kcnq1 expression cassette(More)
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