The osmotic response of the isolated, unfixed mouse tectorial membrane to isosmotic solutions: effect of Na+, K+, and Ca2+ concentration.

Changes in the size, shape, and structure of the isolated tectorial membrane (TM) of the mouse were measured in response to isosmotic changes in the ionic composition of the bathing solution. Substitution of artificial perilymph (AP) for artificial endolymph (AE) caused a small (approximately 1%) shrinkage of the TM's thickness. This substitution alters not… (More)