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Blood labyrinth barrier

Elisa Ghelfi, Yohann Grondin, Emil J Millet, Adam Bartos, Magda Bortoni, Clara Oliveira Gomes Dos Santos, Humberto J Trevino-Villarreal, Rosalinda Sepulveda, Rick Rogers
Background: The aminoglycoside antibiotic gentamicin is an ototoxic drug and has been used experimentally to investigate cochlear damage induced by noise.We have investigated the changes in the protein profile associated with caveolae in gentamicin treated and untreated spiral ligament (SL) pericytes, specialized cells in the blood labyrinth barrier of the inner ear microvasculature. Pericytes from various microvascular beds express caveolae, protein and cholesterol rich microdomains, which can undergo endocytosis and transcytosis to transport small molecules in and out the cells...
2018: Proteome Science
Wei Liu, Matyas Molnar, Carolyn Garnham, Heval Benav, Helge Rask-Andersen
The human inner ear, which is segregated by a blood/labyrinth barrier, contains resident macrophages [CD163, ionized calcium-binding adaptor molecule 1 (IBA1)-, and CD68-positive cells] within the connective tissue, neurons, and supporting cells. In the lateral wall of the cochlea, these cells frequently lie close to blood vessels as perivascular macrophages. Macrophages are also shown to be recruited from blood-borne monocytes to damaged and dying hair cells induced by noise, ototoxic drugs, aging, and diphtheria toxin-induced hair cell degeneration...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Alec N Salt, Keiko Hirose
The environment of the inner ear is highly regulated in a manner that some solutes are permitted to enter while others are excluded or transported out. Drug therapies targeting the sensory and supporting cells of the auditory and vestibular systems require the agent to gain entry to the fluid spaces of the inner ear, perilymph or endolymph, which surround the sensory organs. Access to the inner ear fluids from the vasculature is limited by the blood-labyrinth barriers, which include the blood-perilymph and blood-strial barriers...
December 19, 2017: Hearing Research
Trung N Le, Brian W Blakley
BACKGROUND: Characterization of the blood labyrinth barrier (BLB) is extremely important to determine whether the BLB can be manipulated pharmacologically. However, experiments to investigate the BLB are technically difficult to perform. In this report, we demonstrated a unique method of controlling the BLB, and established the pharmacokinetics of gentamicin in perilymph, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood with and without mannitol. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled animal research project...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Edit Dósa, Krisztina Heltai, Tamás Radovits, Gabriella Molnár, Judit Kapocsi, Béla Merkely, Rongwei Fu, Nancy D Doolittle, Gerda B Tóth, Zachary Urdang, Edward A Neuwelt
BACKGROUND: Cisplatin neuro-, oto-, and nephrotoxicity are major problems in children with malignant tumors, including medulloblastoma, negatively impacting educational achievement, socioemotional development, and overall quality of life. The blood-labyrinth barrier is somewhat permeable to cisplatin, and sensory hair cells and cochlear supporting cells are highly sensitive to this toxic drug. Several chemoprotective agents such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) were utilized experimentally to avoid these potentially serious and life-long side effects, although no clinical phase I trial was performed before...
October 3, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
Alireza Paikari, Cassandra D Belair, Daniel Saw, Robert Blelloch
The vertebrate-specific ESCC microRNA family arises from two genetic loci in mammals: miR-290/miR-371 and miR-302. The miR-302 locus is found broadly among vertebrates, whereas the miR-290/miR-371 locus is unique to eutheria, suggesting a role in placental development. Here, we evaluate that role. A knock-in reporter for the mouse miR-290 cluster is expressed throughout the embryo until gastrulation, when it becomes specifically expressed in extraembryonic tissues and the germline. In the placenta, expression is limited to the trophoblast lineage, where it remains highly expressed until birth...
October 15, 2017: Development
Alec Salt, Jared Hartsock, Ruth Gill, Daniel Smyth, Jonathon Kirk, Kristien Verhoeven
Patients undergoing cochlear implantation could benefit from a simultaneous application of drugs into the ear, helping preserve residual low-frequency hearing and afferent nerve fiber populations. One way to apply drugs is to incorporate a cannula into the implant, through which drug solution is driven. For such an approach, perilymph concentrations achieved and the distribution in the ear over time have not previously been documented. We used FITC-labeled dextran as a marker, delivering it into perilymph of guinea pigs at 10 or 100 nL/min though a cannula incorporated into a cochlear implant with the outlet in the mid basal turn...
2017: PloS One
Jun Wu, Weiju Han, Xingrui Chen, Weiwei Guo, Ke Liu, Ruoya Wang, Jishuai Zhang, Na Sai
The cochlear blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB), located in the stria vascularis, is critical for the homeostasis of cochlear solutes and ion transport. Significant disruption to the BLB occurs early during noise‑induced hearing loss. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)‑2 and ‑9 are important molecules known to be capable of degrading tight junction (TJ) proteins. The TJ proteins are important components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), required to maintain BLB integrity and permeability. Previous studies have demonstrated that MMP‑2 and ‑9, rich in healthy cochlea, serve an essential role in regulating the cochlear response to acoustic trauma...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hao Chang, Ravindra S Telang, Sreevalsan Sreebhavan, Malcolm Tingle, Peter R Thorne, Srdjan M Vlajkovic
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a global health problem affecting over 5% of the population worldwide. We have shown previously that acute noise-induced cochlear injury can be ameliorated by administration of drugs acting on adenosine receptors in the inner ear, and a selective A1 adenosine receptor agonist adenosine amine congener (ADAC) has emerged as a potentially effective treatment for cochlear injury and resulting hearing loss. This study investigated pharmacokinetic properties of ADAC in rat perilymph after systemic (intravenous) administration using a newly developed liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry detection method...
2017: BioMed Research International
Jinhui Zhang, Songlin Chen, Jing Cai, Zhiqiang Hou, Xiaohan Wang, Allan Kachelmeier, Xiaorui Shi
The vestibular blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB) is comprised of perivascular-resident macrophage-like melanocytes (PVM/Ms) and pericytes (PCs), in addition to endothelial cells (ECs) and basement membrane (BM), and bears strong resemblance to the cochlear BLB in the stria vascularis. Over the past few decades, in vitro cell-based models have been widely used in blood-brain barrier (BBB) and blood-retina barrier (BRB) research, and have proved to be powerful tools for studying cell-cell interactions in their respective organs...
March 2017: Hearing Research
Maie D Al-Bader, Sara A Jasem, Narayana Kilarkaje
Gestational carbenoxolone exposure inhibits placental 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD), the physiological barrier for glucocorticoids, which increases fetal exposure to glucocorticoids and induces intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). We hypothesized that carbenoxolone exposure influences the expression of placental estrogen receptors-α and β (ERα & ERβ) and p53 leading to inhibited fetal and placental growth. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were injected twice daily with either carbenoxolone (10mg/kg; s...
November 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Hainan Lang, Eishi Nishimoto, Yazhi Xing, LaShardai N Brown, Kenyaria V Noble, Jeremy L Barth, Amanda C LaRue, Kiyoshi Ando, Bradley A Schulte
The peripheral auditory nerve (AN) carries sound information from sensory hair cells to the brain. The present study investigated the contribution of mouse and human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to cellular diversity in the AN following the destruction of neuron cell bodies, also known as spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs). Exposure of the adult mouse cochlea to ouabain selectively killed type I SGNs and disrupted the blood-labyrinth barrier. This procedure also resulted in the upregulation of genes associated with hematopoietic cell homing and differentiation, and provided an environment conducive to the tissue engraftment of circulating stem/progenitor cells into the AN...
November 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
M N Pakdaman, G Ishiyama, A Ishiyama, K A Peng, H J Kim, W B Pope, A R Sepahdari
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Menière disease and idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss can have overlapping clinical presentation and may have similar pathophysiology. Prior studies using postcontrast 3D-FLAIR MR imaging suggest abnormal blood-labyrinth barrier permeability in both conditions, but the 2 diseases have not been directly compared by using the same imaging techniques. We hypothesized that delayed postcontrast 3D-FLAIR MR imaging would show differences in blood-labyrinth barrier permeability between Menière disease and idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss...
June 2, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Celene McNeill, Kate Eykamp
OBJECTIVE: To contribute to the understanding of hearing fluctuation in Ménière's disease (MD) by disseminating a case study of a cochlear implanted ear with ongoing fluctuation of electrode impedances with episodic tinnitus and no associated vestibular symptoms. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review. SETTING: Tertiary referral audiology clinic. PATIENT: Man, born in 1936, with a total hearing loss in the right ear because of Mumps at age 8 years and a fluctuating progressive hearing loss in the left ear because of Ménière's disease since age 63 years...
August 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Stefan K Plontke, Jared J Hartsock, Ruth M Gill, Alec N Salt
The goal of this study was to develop an appropriate methodology to apply drugs quantitatively to the perilymph of the ear. Intratympanic applications of drugs to the inner ear often result in variable drug levels in the perilymph and can only be used for molecules that readily permeate the round window (RW) membrane. Direct intracochlear and intralabyrinthine application procedures for drugs, genes or cell-based therapies bypass the tight boundaries at the RW, oval window, otic capsule and the blood-labyrinth barrier...
2016: Audiology & Neuro-otology
Xiaorui Shi
The blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB) in the stria vascularis is a highly specialized capillary network that controls exchanges between blood and the intrastitial space in the cochlea. The barrier shields the inner ear from blood-born toxic substances and selectively passes ions, fluids, and nutrients to the cochlea, playing an essential role in the maintenance of cochlear homeostasis. Anatomically, the BLB is comprised of endothelial cells (ECs) in the strial microvasculature, elaborated tight and adherens junctions, pericytes (PCs), basement membrane (BM), and perivascular resident macrophage-like melanocytes (PVM/Ms), which together form a complex "cochlear-vascular unit" in the stria vascularis...
August 2016: Hearing Research
Katharina Walentin, Christian Hinze, Kai M Schmidt-Ott
During gestation, fetomaternal exchange occurs in the villous tree (labyrinth) of the placenta. Development of this structure depends on tightly coordinated cellular processes of branching morphogenesis and differentiation of specialized trophoblast cells. The basal chorionic trophoblast (BCT) cell layer that localizes next to the chorioallantoic interface is of critical importance for labyrinth morphogenesis in rodents. Gcm1-positive cell clusters within this layer initiate branching morphogenesis thereby guiding allantoic fetal blood vessels towards maternal blood sinuses...
March 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Francesco Lombardo, Sara De Cori, Gayane Aghakhanyan, Domenico Montanaro, Daniele De Marchi, Francesca Frijia, Susanna Fortunato, Francesca Forli, Dante Chiappino, Stefano Berrettini, Raffaello Canapicchi
PURPOSE: To assess the capability of three-dimensional fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (3D-FLAIR) sequences in detecting signal alterations of the endolabyrinthine fluid in patients with otosclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 3D-FLAIR before and after (-/+) gadolinium (Gd) administration was added to the standard MR protocol and acquired in 13 patients with a clinical/audiological diagnosis of severe/profound hearing loss in otosclerosis who were candidates for cochlear implantation and in 11 control subjects using 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment...
October 2016: European Radiology
D Monzani, E Genovese, L A Pini, F Di Berardino, M Alicandri Ciufelli, G M Galeazzi, L Presutti
As L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) control Ca(2+) influx and depolarisation of cardiac and vascular smooth muscle, they represent a specific therapeutic target for calcium channel blockers (CCBs), which are approved and widely used to treat hypertension, myocardial ischaemia and arrhythmias. L-type currents also play a role in calcium entry in the sensory cells of the inner ear. In hair cells of both cochlea and labyrinth, calcium cytoplasmic influx is the first physiological process that activates complex intracellular enzymatic reactions resulting in neurotransmitter release...
June 2015: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Ja-Won Koo, Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck, Meiyan Jiang, Jianping Liu, Zachary D Urdang, Jordan J Allensworth, Campbell P Cross, Hongzhe Li, Peter S Steyger
The ototoxic aminoglycoside antibiotics are essential to treat severe bacterial infections, particularly in neonatal intensive care units. Using a bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) experimental model of sepsis, we tested whether LPS-mediated inflammation potentiates cochlear uptake of aminoglycosides and permanent hearing loss in mice. Using confocal microscopy and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, we found that low-dose LPS (endotoxemia) greatly increased cochlear concentrations of aminoglycosides and resulted in vasodilation of cochlear capillaries without inducing paracellular flux across the blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB) or elevating serum concentrations of the drug...
July 29, 2015: Science Translational Medicine
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