S Venable-Thibodeaux

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Although gap junctions occur in auditory and vestibular systems, their function is unclear. Here we present evidence for gap junctional communication in transmitting mechanosensory signals in a sea anemone model system. Hair bundles on anemone tentacles are vibration-sensitive mechanoreceptors that regulate discharge of nematocyst from effector cells. We(More)
In response to damage to hair bundles caused by exposure to calcium free buffers, sea anemones secrete large protein complexes named 'repair proteins' that rapidly restore structural integrity and function to hair bundles. A specific chromatographic fraction of the repair protein mixture, named 'fraction beta', has biological activity comparable to the(More)
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