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Functioning of the membrane motor of the outer hair cell is tightly associated with transfer of charge across the membrane. To obtain further insights into the motor mechanism, we examined kinetics of charge transfer across the membrane in two different modes. One is to monitor charge transfer induced by changes in the membrane potential as an excess(More)
The outer hair cell (OHC) in the mammalian ear has a unique membrane potential-dependent motility, which is considered to be important for frequency discrimination (tuning). The OHC motile mechanism is located at the cell membrane and is strongly influenced by its passive mechanical properties. To study the viscoelastic properties of OHCs, we exposed cells(More)
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