Sarah R. Cortez

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Sensory organs typically use receptor cells and afferent neurons to transduce environmental signals and transmit them to the CNS. When sensory cells are lost, nerves often regress from the sensory area. Therapeutic and regenerative approaches would benefit from the presence of nerve fibers in the tissue. In the hearing system, retraction of afferent(More)
Gene transfer into the cells of the cochlea is useful for both research and therapy. Bovine adeno-associated virus (BAAV) is a new viral vector with potential for long-term gene expression with little or no side effects. In this study, we assessed transgene expression using BAAV with beta-actin-GFP as a reporter gene, in the cochleae of normal and deafened(More)
Cochlear gene therapy can be a new avenue for the treatment of severe hearing loss by inducing regeneration or phenotypic rescue. One necessary step to establish this therapy is the development of a safe and feasible inoculation surgery, ideally without drilling the bony cochlear wall. The round window membrane (RWM) is accessible in the middle-ear space,(More)
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