Significance of spiral ligament fibrocytes with cochlear inflammation.


It has been recently suggested that the spiral ligament fibrocytes, which interconnect with the basal cells of the stria vascularis via gap junctions, may be critical in maintaining cochlear homeostasis. In animal models of pathological conditions such as labyrinthitis and otitis media, reduced immunostaining for gap junction protein connexin 26 is observed… (More)


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