Electrokinetic shape changes of cochlear outer hair cells

  title={Electrokinetic shape changes of cochlear outer hair cells},
  author={Bechara Kachar and William E. Brownell and Richard A. Altschuler and J{\"o}rgen Fex},
Rapid mechanical changes have been associated with electrical activity in a variety of non-muscle excitable cells1–5. Recently, mechanical changes have been reported in cochlear hair cells6–8. Here we describe electrically evoked mechanical changes in isolated cochlear outer hair cells (OHCs) with characteristics which suggest that direct electrokinetic phenomena are implicated in the response. OHCs make up one of two mechanosensitive hair cell populations in the mammalian cochlea; their role… CONTINUE READING

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