Synaptic transfer from outer hair cells to type II afferent fibers in the rat cochlea.

@article{Weisz2012SynapticTF,
  title={Synaptic transfer from outer hair cells to type II afferent fibers in the rat cochlea.},
  author={Catherine J C Weisz and Mohamed Lehar and Hakim Hiel and Elisabeth Glowatzki and Paul Albert Fuchs},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2012},
  volume={32 28},
  pages={9528-36}
}
Type II cochlear afferents receive glutamatergic synaptic excitation from outer hair cells (OHCs) in the rat cochlea. However, it remains uncertain whether this connection is capable of providing auditory information to the brain. The functional efficacy of this connection depends in part on the number of presynaptic OHCs, their probability of transmitter release, and the effective electrical distance for spatial summation in the type II fiber. The present work addresses these questions using… CONTINUE READING