Kinuko Masaki

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The equilibrium stress-strain relation and the pore radius of the isolated tectorial membrane (TM) of the mouse were determined. Polyethylene glycol (PEG), with molecular mass (MM) in the range 20-511 kDa, added to the TM bathing solution was used to exert an osmotic pressure. Strain on the TM induced by isosmotic PEG solutions of different molecular masses(More)
The tectorial membrane (TM) is a polyelectrolyte gel. Hence, its chemical, electrical, mechanical, and osmotic properties are inextricably linked. We review, integrate, and interpret recent findings on these properties in isolated TM preparations. The dimensions of the TM in alligator lizard, chick, and mouse are sensitive to bath ion concentrations of(More)
The solid component of the tectorial membrane (TM) is a porous matrix made up of the radial collagen fibers and the striated sheet matrix. The striated sheet matrix is believed to contribute to shear impedance in both the radial and longitudinal directions, but the molecular mechanisms involved have not been determined. A missense mutation in Tecta, a gene(More)
The tectorial membrane (TM) has a significantly larger stiffness in the radial direction than other directions, a prominent mechanical anisotropy that is believed to be critical for the proper functioning of the cochlea. To determine the molecular basis of this anisotropy, we measured material properties of TMs from mice with a targeted deletion of Col11a2,(More)
With the discovery of hearing disorders caused by mutations in proteins expressed in the tectorial membrane (TM), the importance of the TM in cochlear mechanics has never been clearer. However, the exact role of the TM in cochlear mechanics remains a mystery. In this thesis, I have investigated material properties of two mouse models of genetic hearing(More)
Studies were conducted to isolate rat plasma retinol-binding protein, the specific transport protein for vitamin A in the rat. Retinol-binding protein was isolated from rat plasma by a new simple procedure using Blue Sepharose CL-6B, and highly purified retinol-binding protein was obtained. This procedure included DEAE-cellulose chromatography at pH 6.0,(More)
The vertebrate sense of hearing relies on a series of mechanical processes that deflect the sensory bundles of hair cells in the cochlea. Overlying these bundles is an acellular gel called the tectorial membrane (TM), which is believed to play a critical mechanical role in cochlear function. A variety of recent studies have shown that genetic changes to(More)
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