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Hereditary deafness affects about 1 in 2000 children and mutations in the GJB2 gene are the major cause in various ethnic groups. GJB2 encodes connexin26, a putative channel component in cochlear gap junction. However, the pathogenesis of hearing loss caused by the GJB2 mutations remains obscure. The generation of a mouse model to study the function of(More)
DFN3, an X chromosome-linked nonsyndromic mixed deafness, is caused by mutations in the BRN-4 gene, which encodes a POU transcription factor. Brn-4-deficient mice were created and found to exhibit profound deafness. No gross morphological changes were observed in the conductive ossicles or cochlea, although there was a dramatic reduction in endocochlear(More)
Mutations in the GJB6 gene encoding connexin 30 (Cx30) can cause dominant forms of nonsyndromic deafness. By studying immunohistochemical localization of Cx30 in the mouse cochlea at different ages from 0 to 30 days after birth, we found that the expression of Cx30 is nearly the same as that of Cx26. These findings suggest that as well as Cx26, Cx30 may(More)
Mutations in the SOX10 gene, encoding a cell-lineage specific transcription factor, are associated with congenital deafness. We analyzed the expression of Sox10 mRNA in developing mouse inner ear by in situ hybridization. Sox10 mRNA is expressed in the entire epithelia of the otic vesicle at embryonic day 11.5 (E11.5) and in the developing cochlea and(More)
Connexin 31 (Cx31) mutations cause an autosomal dominant form of high-frequency hearing loss. The immunohistochemical localization of Cx31 in mouse cochlea was studied at different ages between 0 and 60 days after birth (DAB). Cx31-like immunoreactivity was detected in fibrocytes of spiral ligament and spiral limbus at 12 DAB, gradually enhanced with the(More)
The immunohistochemical localization of connexin 26 (a gap junction protein) and Na,K-ATPase in the mouse cochlear lateral wall was studied at different ages between 0 and 30 days after birth (DAB). Connexin 26-like immunoreactivity was sparsely distributed among the connective tissue cells just lateral to the future marginal cells of the stria vascularis(More)
Whole cell voltage clamp and freeze fracture were used to study the electrophysiological and ultrastructural correlates of the outer hair cell (OHC) lateral membrane molecular motors. We find that specific voltage-dependent capacitance, which derives from motility-related charge movement, increases as cell length decreases. This increasing non-linear charge(More)
The lamina basilaris of guinea pig cochlea was studied with SEM after trypsin treatment, and with TEM of resin sections and deep-etching replicas. The lamina consists of radial, evenly compacted filaments in the zona arcuata, and radial, discretely bundled filaments in the zona pectinata. In both zones, elementary filaments measured about 12 nm in thickness(More)
The primary culture of marginal cells from the explant of the stria vascularis of guinea-pigs was established and confirmed by morphological, immunohistochemical and physiological characters of the cultivated cells. The positive stain of cytokeratin 18 without vimentin and desmin expressions indicated the epithelial origin of the cultured polygonal cells.(More)
Acute effects of kanamycin and/or furosemide administration on the stria vascularis of the guinea pig cochlea were assessed by distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) and transmission electron microscopy. Kanamycin alone failed to affect the DPOAE levels and ultrastructural changes. Furosemide alone caused a rapid but reversible fall of the DPOAE(More)