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Mohamed Bassiouni, Aurélie Dos Santos, Hasan X Avci, Hubert Löwenheim, Marcus Müller
The mature mammalian organ of Corti does not regenerate spontaneously after injury, mainly due to the absence of cell proliferation and the depletion of otic progenitors with age. The polycomb gene B lymphoma Mo-MLV insertion region 1 homolog (Bmi1) promotes proliferation and cell cycle progression in several stem cell populations. The cell cycle inhibitor p16ink4a has been previously identified as a downstream target of Bmi1. In this study, we show that Bmi1 is expressed in the developing inner ear. In the organ of Corti, Bmi1 expression is temporally regulated during embryonic and postnatal development...
2016: PloS One
Iliana Serifi, Eleni Tzima, Katerina Soupsana, Zoe Karetsou, Dimitris Beis, Thomais Papamarcaki
The oncoprotein SET/I2PP2A participates in various cellular mechanisms such as transcription, cell cycle regulation and cell migration. SET is also an inhibitor of the serine/threonine phosphatase PP2A, which is involved in the regulation of cell homeostasis. In zebrafish there are two paralogous set genes that encode Seta (269 aa) and Setb (275 aa) proteins which share 94% identity. We show here that seta and set b are similarly expressed in the eye, the otic vesicle, the brain and the lateral line system, as indicated by in situ hybridization labeling...
October 17, 2016: Biochemical Journal
S Paterson
Topical otic products form an integral part of the overall management of otitis externa. With an ever increasing array of ear drops and cleaners to choose from, appropriate selection of therapy can be difficult. The investigation of all cases of otitis externa should consider primary and secondary causes and predisposing and perpetuating factors. This article considers topical therapy under these same broad headings and discusses, through literature review, the various properties of the components of the ear cleaning solutions and drops...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Small Animal Practice
Cameron C Wick, Sharon J Lin, Heping Yu, Cliff A Megerian, Qing Yin Zheng
HYPOTHESIS: Phosphorus and vitamin D (calcitriol) supplementation in the Phex mouse, a murine model for endolymphatic hydrops (ELH), will improve otic capsule mineralization and secondarily ameliorate the postnatal development of ELH and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). BACKGROUND: Male Phex mice have X-linked hypophosphatemic rickets (XLH), which includes osteomalacia of the otic capsule. The treatment for XLH is supplementation with phosphorus and calcitriol...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Matthew E Smith, James R Tysome
OBJECTIVE: Balloon eustachian tuboplasty (BET) has entered clinical use as a treatment for eustachian tube dysfunction. Some surgeons perform myringotomy prior to BET due to concerns that the increase in middle ear (ME) pressure caused by BET may cause otic barotrauma. We investigated the ME pressure changes occurring during BET in cadavers. STUDY DESIGN: Human cadaver investigation of a surgical technique SETTING: Laboratory study at a tertiary referral center...
October 11, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Chan Il Song, Woo Seok Kang, Jeong Hyun Lee, Jong Woo Chung
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to measure the radiological dimensions of the cochlear aqueduct in Meniere's disease and in low-frequency hearing loss (LFHL) patients and control patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Groups of 26 patients (32 ears, including 6 with bilateral involvement) with Meniere's disease, 14 patients (18 ears) with LFHL, and 23 patients with unilateral chronic otitis media, as controls, were enrolled. For the measurements, high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the temporal bone was performed...
August 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Berta Alsina, Tanya T Whitfield
The vertebrate inner ear is a precision sensory organ, acting as both a microphone to receive sound and an accelerometer to detect gravity and motion. It consists of a series of interlinked, fluid-filled chambers containing patches of sensory epithelia, each with a specialised function. The ear contains many different differentiated cell types with distinct morphologies, from the flask-shaped hair cells found in thickened sensory epithelium, to the thin squamous cells that contribute to non-sensory structures, such as the semicircular canal ducts...
September 26, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Ben Steventon, Roberto Mayor, Andrea Streit
Cranial placodes contribute to sensory structures including the inner ear, the lens and olfactory epithelium and the neurons of the cranial sensory ganglia. At neurula stages, placode precursors are interspersed in the ectoderm surrounding the anterior neural plate before segregating into distinct placodes by as yet unknown mechanisms. Here, we perform live imaging to follow placode progenitors as they aggregate to form the lens and otic placodes. We find that while placode progenitors move with the same speed as their non-placodal neighbours, they exhibit increased persistence and directionality and these properties are required to assemble morphological placodes...
September 22, 2016: Biology Open
Rodney C Diaz, Brian Cervenka, Hilary A Brodie
Traumatic injury to the temporal bone can lead to significant morbidity or mortality and knowledge of the pertinent anatomy, pathophysiology of injury, and appropriate management strategies is critical for successful recovery and rehabilitation of such injured patients. Most temporal bone fractures are caused by motor vehicle accidents. Temporal bone fractures are best classified as either otic capsule sparing or otic capsule disrupting-type fractures, as such classification correlates well with risk of concomitant functional complications...
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
Jaime Fuentealba, Gabriela Toro-Tapia, Marion Rodriguez, Cecilia Arriagada, Alejandro Maureira, Andrea Beyer, Soraya Villaseca, Juan I Leal, Maria V Hinrichs, Juan Olate, Teresa Caprile, Marcela Torrejón
Heterotrimeric G protein signaling plays major roles during different cellular events. However, there is a limited understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying G protein control during embryogenesis. G proteins are highly conserved and can be grouped into four subfamilies according to sequence homology and function. To further studies on G protein function during embryogenesis, the present analysis identified four Gα subunits representative of the different subfamilies and determined their spatiotemporal expression patterns during Xenopus tropicalis embryogenesis...
September 7, 2016: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Rachel E DeJonge, Xiao-Ping Liu, Christopher R Deig, Stefan Heller, Karl R Koehler, Eri Hashino
Stem cell-derived inner ear sensory epithelia are a promising source of tissues for treating patients with hearing loss and dizziness. We recently demonstrated how to generate inner ear sensory epithelia, designated as inner ear organoids, from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) in a self-organizing 3D culture. Here we improve the efficiency of this culture system by elucidating how Wnt signaling activity can drive the induction of otic tissue. We found that a carefully timed treatment with the potent Wnt agonist CHIR99021 promotes induction of otic vesicles-a process that was previously self-organized by unknown mechanisms...
2016: PloS One
Troy Camarata, Aleksandr Vasilyev, Michael Hadjiargyrou
Mustn1 is a small nuclear protein that is involved in the development and regeneration of the musculoskeletal system. Previous work established a role for Mustn1 in myogenic and chondrogenic differentiation. In addition, recent evidence suggests a potential role for Mustn1 in cilia function in zebrafish. A detailed study of Mustn1 expression has yet to be conducted in zebrafish. As such, we report herein the cloning of the zebrafish Mustn1 orthologs, mustn1a and mustn1b, and their expression during zebrafish embryonic and larval development...
November 15, 2016: Gene
Nicholas Jufas, Daniele Marchioni, Muaaz Tarabichi, Nirmal Patel
The protympanum, a final common pathway between the tympanic cavity and external environment, is gaining relevance due to the ease and completeness of visualization with angled endoscopes. Two primary conformations are described, quadrangular and triangular, and new anatomic structures such as the protiniculum, subtensor recess, and protympanic spine are defined. Surgical relevance of the protympanum is described with respect to ventilation, cholesteatoma, cerebrospinal fluid leak, otic neuralgia, and surgical access to the eustachian tube...
October 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Hye-Joo Kwon
The biological actions of vitamin D are largely mediated through binding to the vitamin D receptor (VDR), a member of the nuclear hormone receptor family, which regulates gene expression in a wide variety of tissues and cells. Mutations in VDR gene have been implicated in ear disorders (hearing loss and balance disorder) but the mechanisms are not well established. In this study, to investigate the role of VDR in inner ear development, morpholino-mediated gene knockdown approaches were used in zebrafish model system...
September 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Maimi Ozeki-Satoh, Aoi Ishikawa, Shigehito Yamada, Chigako Uwabe, Tetsuya Takakuwa
We describe the three-dimensional morphogenesis of the middle ear ossicles (MEOs) according to Carnegie stage (CS) in human embryos. Seventeen samples including 33 MEOs from CS18 to 23 were selected from the Kyoto Collection. The primordia of the MEOs and related structures were histologically observed and three-dimensionally reconstructed from digital images. The timing of chondrogenesis was variable among structures. The stapes was recognizable as a vague condensation of the mesenchymal cells in all samples from CS18, whereas the malleus and incus were recognizable at CS19...
October 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Ayse Umul, Hakan Demirtas, Ahmet Orhan Celik
INTRODUCTION: Congenital abnormalities of the inner ear is the most common cause of neurosensory hearing loss. Michel inner ear deformity is a rare developmental anomaly refers to the total aplasia of the inner ear. It is caused by developmental arrest of otic placode early during the third week of gestational age. CASE REPORT: We have discussed here that three year old girl diagnosed Michel aplasia with temporal bone computed tomography (CT) and temporal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings...
June 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
Hai-Lei Ding, Joan E Hooper, Peter Batzel, B Frank Eames, John H Postlethwait, Kristin B Artinger, David E Clouthier
Defects in mid-facial development, including cleft lip/palate, account for a large number of human birth defects annually. In many cases, aberrant gene expression results in either a reduction in the number of neural crest cells (NCCs) that reach the frontonasal region and form much of the facial skeleton or subsequent failure of NCC patterning and differentiation into bone and cartilage. While loss of gene expression is often associated with developmental defects, aberrant upregulation of expression can also be detrimental...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Cameron C Wick, Taylor DeBusk, Daniel E Killeen, J Walter Kutz, Brandon Isaacson
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September 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Jared D Kirkland, Brian C Dahlin, William T O'Brien
During embryological development, primitive anastomoses exist between the carotid and vertebrobasilar arteries. These anastomoses typically regress or are incorporated into the developing vasculature. Persistence beyond fetal development, however, results in vascular anomalies that alter haemodynamic flow with a predisposition for aneurysm formation. The carotid-vertebrobasilar anastomoses mirror the primitive communications and include (from most to least common) the trigeminal, hypoglossal, proatlantal and otic arteries...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Daniel O Morris, Meghan F Davis, Brian S Palmeiro, Kathleen O'Shea, Shelley C Rankin
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen of the canine ear canal and occupies aquatic habitats in the environment. Nosocomial and zoonotic transmission of P. aeruginosa have been documented, including clonal outbreaks. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to assess various environmental exposures as potential risk factors for canine Pseudomonas otitis. It was hypothesized that isolates derived from infected ears would be clonal to isolates derived from household water sources and the mouths of human and animal companions of the study subjects...
July 18, 2016: Veterinary Dermatology
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