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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209807/blast-injury-of-the-ear-by-massive-explosion-a-review-of-41-cases
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Stanislas Ballivet de Régloix, A Crambert, O Maurin, Q Lisan, S Marty, Y Pons
BACKGROUND: Blast injuries in modern warfare are common, and the ear is often affected as it is an effective pressure transducer. This study aimed to evaluate military blast injuries of the ear. METHODS: From May 2002 to October 2014, all patients referred to two military hospitals near Paris, France following exposure to massive explosions were analysed. RESULTS: Among the 41 patients (82 ears), 36 of them reported tinnitus, 25 hearing loss, 14 earache and 8 vertigo...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207578/the-impact-of-a-cochlear-implant-electrode-array-on-the-middle-ear-transfer-function
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David Pazen, Andreas Anagiotos, Maike Nünning, Antoniu-Oreste Gostian, Magdalene Ortmann, Dirk Beutner
OBJECTIVES: As a treatment for partial deafness with residual hearing in the lower frequency range, the combined acoustic and electric stimulation of the cochlea has become widespread. Acoustic stimulation is provided by a hearing aid's airborne sound and the electric stimulation by a cochlear implant electrode array, which may be inserted through the round window or a cochleostomy. To take advantage of that concept, it is essential to preserve residual hearing after surgery. Therefore, the intracochlear electrode array should not compromise the middle ear vibration transmission...
February 15, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196606/imaging-and-cell-count-in-cleared-intact-cochlea-in-the-mongolian-gerbil-using-laser-scanning-confocal-microscopy
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M Risoud, J Sircoglou, G Dedieu, M Tardivel, C Vincent, N-X Bonne
OBJECTIVES: To draw up a clearing protocol for Mongolian gerbil cochlea, and to assess the feasibility of quantifying and analyzing 3D cell architecture in the transparent cochleae. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Freshly dissected inner ears were prepared on a 13-day protocol: fixation, microdissection, post-fixation, decalcification, pretreatment (signal enhancement, permeabilization and blocking), fluorescent labeling (indirect immunolabeling and direct labeling), dehydration, clearing in Spalteholz solution (MSBB: methyl salicylate and benzyl benzoate) and mounting...
February 9, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194422/pharmacokinetic-properties-of-adenosine-amine-congener-in-cochlear-perilymph-after-systemic-administration
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186679/directed-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-toward-placode-derived-spiral-ganglion-like-sensory-neurons
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Akihiro J Matsuoka, Zachery D Morrissey, Chaoying Zhang, Kazuaki Homma, Abdelhak Belmadani, Charles A Miller, Duncan M Chadly, Shun Kobayashi, Alexandra N Edelbrock, Miho Tanaka-Matakatsu, Donna S Whitlon, Ljuba Lyass, Tammy L McGuire, Samuel I Stupp, John A Kessler
The ability to generate spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) from stem cells is a necessary prerequisite for development of cell-replacement therapies for sensorineural hearing loss. We present a protocol that directs human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) toward a purified population of otic neuronal progenitors (ONPs) and SGN-like cells. Between 82% and 95% of these cells express SGN molecular markers, they preferentially extend neurites to the cochlear nucleus rather than nonauditory nuclei, and they generate action potentials...
December 10, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185320/orientation-of-the-lateral-semicircular-canal-in-xenarthra-and-its-links-with-head-posture-and-phylogeny
#6
Florence Coutier, Lionel Hautier, Raphaël Cornette, Eli Amson, Guillaume Billet
The orientation of the semicircular canals of the inner ear in the skull of vertebrates is one of the determinants of the capacity of this system to detect a given rotational movement of the head. Past functional studies on the spatial orientation of the semicircular canals essentially focused on the lateral semicircular canal (LSC), which is supposedly held close to horizontal during rest and/or alert behaviors. However, they generally investigated this feature in only a few and distantly related taxa. Based on 3D-models reconstructed from µCT-scans of skulls, we examined the diversity of orientations of the LSC within one of the four major clades of placental mammals, that is, the superorder Xenarthra, with a data set that includes almost all extant genera and two extinct taxa...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182173/evaluation-of-retinal-changes-using-optical-coherence-tomography-in-a-pediatric-case-of-susac-syndrome
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Mehmet Kola, Hidayet Erdöl, Sevil Ertuğrul Atasoy, Adem Türk
Susac syndrome is a rare occlusive vasculopathy affecting the retina, inner ear and brain. The cause is unknown, although it generally affects young women. This syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because its signs can only be revealed by detailed examination. These signs are not always concomitant, but may appear at different times. This report describes a pediatric case who was diagnosed with Susac syndrome when retinal lesions were identified in the inactive period with the help of optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
January 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181574/indispensable-role-of-mdm2-p53-interaction-during-the-embryonic-and-postnatal-inner-ear-development
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M Laos, M Sulg, A Herranen, T Anttonen, U Pirvola
p53 is a key component of a signaling network that protects cells against various stresses. As excess p53 is detrimental to cells, its levels are tightly controlled by several mechanisms. The E3 ubiquitin ligase Mdm2 is a major negative regulator of p53. The significance of balanced p53 levels in normal tissues, at different stages of lifetime, is poorly understood. We have studied in vivo how the disruption of Mdm2/p53 interaction affects the early-embryonic otic progenitor cells and their descendants, the auditory supporting cells and hair cells...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181545/gfi1-cre-mice-have-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss-and-induce-recombination-in-numerous-inner-ear-non-hair-cells
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Maggie Matern, Sarath Vijayakumar, Zachary Margulies, Beatrice Milon, Yang Song, Ran Elkon, Xiaoyu Zhang, Sherri M Jones, Ronna Hertzano
Studies of developmental and functional biology largely rely on conditional expression of genes in a cell type-specific manner. Therefore, the importance of specificity and lack of inherent phenotypes for Cre-driver animals cannot be overemphasized. The Gfi1(Cre) mouse is commonly used for conditional hair cell-specific gene deletion/reporter gene activation in the inner ear. Here, using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry, we show that the Gfi1(Cre) mice produce a pattern of recombination that is not strictly limited to hair cells within the inner ear...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179572/spectrin-%C3%AE-v-adaptive-mutations-and-changes-in-subcellular-location-correlate-with-emergence-of-hair-cell-electromotility-in-mammalians
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Matteo Cortese, Samantha Papal, Francisco Pisciottano, Ana Belén Elgoyhen, Jean-Pierre Hardelin, Christine Petit, Lucia Florencia Franchini, Aziz El-Amraoui
The remarkable hearing capacities of mammals arise from various evolutionary innovations. These include the cochlear outer hair cells and their singular feature, somatic electromotility, i.e., the ability of their cylindrical cell body to shorten and elongate upon cell depolarization and hyperpolarization, respectively. To shed light on the processes underlying the emergence of electromotility, we focused on the βV giant spectrin, a major component of the outer hair cells' cortical cytoskeleton. We identified strong signatures of adaptive evolution at multiple sites along the spectrin-βV amino acid sequence in the lineage leading to mammals, together with substantial differences in the subcellular location of this protein between the frog and the mouse inner ear hair cells...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179519/low-frequency-hearing-preceded-the-evolution-of-giant-body-size-and-filter-feeding-in-baleen-whales
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Travis Park, Alistair R Evans, Stephen J Gallagher, Erich M G Fitzgerald
Living baleen whales (mysticetes) produce and hear the lowest-frequency (infrasonic) sounds among mammals. There is currently debate over whether the ancestor of crown cetaceans (Neoceti) was able to detect low frequencies. However, the lack of information on the most archaic fossil mysticetes has prevented us from determining the earliest evolution of their extreme acoustic biology. Here, we report the first anatomical analyses and frequency range estimation of the inner ear in Oligocene (34-23 Ma) fossils of archaic toothed mysticetes from Australia and the USA...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173884/pre-and-post-operative-dizziness-tinnitus-and-taste-disturbances-among-cochlear-implant-recipients
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K S Mikkelsen, T Ovesen, C Z Swan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the pre- and post-operative prevalence of dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances in adult cochlear implant recipients. METHODS: A questionnaire regarding pre- and post-operative dizziness, tinnitus and taste disturbances was sent to 170 cochlear implant recipients implanted between January 2003 and March 2009. Seventy-seven patients (41 per cent) responded. RESULTS: Pre-operatively, 20 per cent of the participants experienced dizziness, 52 per cent experienced tinnitus and 3 per cent experienced taste disturbances...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171732/endolymphatic-sac-tumor-in-two-dogs
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K J Barnes, V Clear, K Youmans, M R Hardcastle, N Nelson, A Petersen, M Kiupel
Endolymphatic sac tumors (ELSTs) are rare neoplasms of the inner and middle ear described in humans. Diagnosis of such neoplasms is difficult and largely dependent on a combination of histologic, immunohistochemical, and clinical findings. Although the neoplastic cells lack cellular features of malignancy, these are clinically aggressive tumors that often invade the surrounding temporal bone. Here, we describe 2 dogs with middle ear masses that share morphologic, immunohistochemical, and clinical similarities with human ELSTs...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170434/the-internal-cranial-anatomy-of-romundina-stellina-%C3%A3-rvig-1975-vertebrata-placodermi-acanthothoraci-and-the-origin-of-jawed-vertebrates-anatomical-atlas-of-a-primitive-gnathostome
#14
Vincent Dupret, Sophie Sanchez, Daniel Goujet, Per Erik Ahlberg
Placoderms are considered as the first jawed vertebrates and constitute a paraphyletic group in the stem-gnathostome grade. The acanthothoracid placoderms are among the phylogenetically most basal and morphologically primitive gnathostomes, but their neurocranial anatomy is poorly understood. Here we present a near-complete three-dimensional skull of Romundina stellina, a small Early Devonian acanthothoracid from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, scanned with propagation phase contrast microtomography at a 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167132/identification-of-induced-and-naturally-occurring-conductive-hearing-loss-in-mice-using-bone-conduction
#15
David Chhan, Melissa L McKinnon, John J Rosowski
While many mouse models of hearing loss have been described, a significant fraction of the genetic defects in these models affect both the inner ear and middle ears. A common method used to separate inner-ear (sensory-neural) from middle-ear (conductive) pathologies in the hearing clinic is the combination of air-conduction and bone-conduction audiometry. In this report, we investigate the use of air- and bone-conducted evoked auditory brainstem responses to perform a similar separation in mice. We describe a technique by which we stimulate the mouse ear both acoustically and via whole-head vibration...
February 4, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165504/implementation-of-a-method-to-visualize-noise-induced-hearing-loss-in-mass-stranded-cetaceans
#16
Maria Morell, Andrew Brownlow, Barry McGovern, Stephen A Raverty, Robert E Shadwick, Michel André
Assessment of the impact of noise over-exposure in stranded cetaceans is challenging, as the lesions that lead to hearing loss occur at the cellular level and inner ear cells are very sensitive to autolysis. Distinguishing ante-mortem pathology from post-mortem change has been a major constraint in diagnosing potential impact. Here, we outline a methodology applicable to the detection of noise-induced hearing loss in stranded cetaceans. Inner ears from two mass strandings of long-finned pilot whales in Scotland were processed for scanning electron microscopy observation...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165476/gene-therapy-restores-auditory-and-vestibular-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-usher-syndrome-type-1c
#17
Bifeng Pan, Charles Askew, Alice Galvin, Selena Heman-Ackah, Yukako Asai, Artur A Indzhykulian, Francine M Jodelka, Michelle L Hastings, Jennifer J Lentz, Luk H Vandenberghe, Jeffrey R Holt, Gwenaëlle S Géléoc
Because there are currently no biological treatments for hearing loss, we sought to advance gene therapy approaches to treat genetic deafness. We focused on Usher syndrome, a devastating genetic disorder that causes blindness, balance disorders and profound deafness, and studied a knock-in mouse model, Ush1c c.216G>A, for Usher syndrome type IC (USH1C). As restoration of complex auditory and balance function is likely to require gene delivery systems that target auditory and vestibular sensory cells with high efficiency, we delivered wild-type Ush1c into the inner ear of Ush1c c...
February 6, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165475/a-synthetic-aav-vector-enables-safe-and-efficient-gene-transfer-to-the-mammalian-inner-ear
#18
Lukas D Landegger, Bifeng Pan, Charles Askew, Sarah J Wassmer, Sarah D Gluck, Alice Galvin, Ruth Taylor, Andrew Forge, Konstantina M Stankovic, Jeffrey R Holt, Luk H Vandenberghe
Efforts to develop gene therapies for hearing loss have been hampered by the lack of safe, efficient, and clinically relevant delivery modalities. Here we demonstrate the safety and efficiency of Anc80L65, a rationally designed synthetic vector, for transgene delivery to the mouse cochlea. Ex vivo transduction of mouse organotypic explants identified Anc80L65 from a set of other adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors as a potent vector for the cochlear cell targets. Round window membrane injection resulted in highly efficient transduction of inner and outer hair cells in mice, a substantial improvement over conventional AAV vectors...
February 6, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165045/%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-stimulation-induced-electrogenic-transport-by-human-endolymphatic-sac-epithelium-and-its-clinical-implications
#19
Bo Gyung Kim, Jin Young Kim, JinSei Jung, In Seok Moon, Joo-Heon Yoon, Jae Young Choi, Sung Huhn Kim
The endolymphatic sac (ES) is a cystic structure of the inner ear connected to the cochlea and vestibule, which plays a role in regulating ion homeostasis in inner ear fluid. Disruption of ion homeostasis can cause inner ear disorders with hearing loss and dizziness, such as Meniere's disease. Herein, we found, for the first time, functional evidence for the involvement of β1- and β2-adrenergic receptors in apical electrogenic ion transport by human ES epithelium by using electrophysiological/pharmacological and molecular biological methods, which were dependent on K(+) and Cl(-) ion transport...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164935/effect-of-filters-on-the-noise-generated-by-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-delivered-via-a-helmet
#20
Ricardo Hernández-Molina, Francisco Fernández-Zacarías, Isabel Benavente-Fernández, Gema Jiménez-Gómez, Simón Lubián-López
INTRODUCTION: One of the problems that the delivery of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) via a helmet poses is the generation of noise. The objective of our study was to assess the effect that the use of filter has on sound pressure levels generated by the delivery of positive airway pressure at different gas flow rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sound pressure levels generated by neonatal helmet CPAP delivery were measured at different gas flows (20, 30, and 40 l/min) with and without a breathing filter...
January 2017: Noise & Health
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