Fenghe Liang

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Current models of the lateral K+ recycling pathway in the mammalian cochlea include two multicellular transport networks separated from one another by three interstitial gaps. The first gap is between outer hair cells and Deiters cells, the second is between outer sulcus cells and type II spiral ligament fibrocytes and the third is between intermediate and(More)
Voltage-gated chloride channels (ClCs) are important mediators of cellular ion homeostasis and volume regulation. In an earlier study, we used immunohistochemical, Western blot, and reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR) approaches to identify ClC-K variants in types II, IV, and V fibrocytes of the rodent spiral ligament. We have now confirmed the expression of(More)
The role of calcium- and voltage-dependent big conductance potassium channels in regulating apoptosis was investigated in cultured type I spiral ligament fibrocytes. Incubation of type I spiral ligament fibrocytes derived from gerbil cochlea with cisplatin induced dose- and time-dependent apoptosis as demonstrated by annexin V conjugated to fluorescein(More)
Evidence is accruing that spiral ligament fibrocytes (SLFs) play an important role in cochlear K(+) homeostasis, but little direct physiological data is available to support this concept. Here we report the presence and characterization of a voltage- and Ca(2+)-dependent big-conductance K (BK) channel in type I SLFs cultured from the gerbil cochlea. A(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the molecular etiologic causes of sporadic nonsyndromic hearing loss in Chinese children. METHODS 179 sporadic nonsyndromic hearing loss children were subjected to microarray-based mutation detection for nine hot spot mutations in four of the most common deafness-related genes, including GJB2, SLC26A4, GJB3, and 12s rRNA. (More)
In the CNS, juxtanodin (JN) is an actin-binding oligodendroglial protein that functions to promote differentiation of the host cells during postnatal development. In other tissues, JN expression and function remain unknown. We surveyed rat peripheral nerve, skeletal muscle and various epithelial tissues using immunoblotting and light-microscopic(More)
Recent experimental and clinical studies have provided considerable evidence to support the phenomenon of K(+) recycling in the mammalian cochlea. However, the precise cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying and regulating this process remain only partially understood. Here, we report that cultured type I spiral ligament fibrocytes (SLFs), a major(More)
Intracellular free Ca2+ levels are critical to the activity of BK channels in inner ear type I spiral ligament fibrocytes. However, the mechanisms for regulating intracellular Ca2+ levels in these cells are currently poorly understood. Using patch-clamp technique, we have identified a voltage-dependent L-type Ca2+ channel in type I spiral ligament(More)
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