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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323018/modulation-of-auditory-percepts-by-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation
#1
Margarete Anna Ueberfuhr, Amalia Braun, Lutz Wiegrebe, Benedikt Grothe, Markus Drexl
Transcutaneous, electrical stimulation with electrodes placed on the mastoid processes represents a specific way to elicit vestibular reflexes in humans without active or passive subject movements, for which the term galvanic vestibular stimulation was coined. It has been suggested that galvanic vestibular stimulation mainly affects the vestibular periphery, but whether vestibular hair cells, vestibular afferents, or a combination of both are excited, is still a matter of debate. Galvanic vestibular stimulation has been in use since the late 18(th) century, but despite the long-known and well-documented effects on the vestibular system, reports of the effect of electrical stimulation on the adjacent cochlea or the ascending auditory pathway are surprisingly sparse...
March 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290603/fenofibrate-exerts-protective-effects-against-gentamicin-induced-toxicity-in-cochlear-hair-cells-by-activating-antioxidant-enzymes
#2
Channy Park, Hye-Min Ji, Se-Jin Kim, Sung-Hee Kil, Joon No Lee, Seongae Kwak, Seong-Kyu Choe, Raekil Park
Fenofibrate, an activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), has been shown to protect the kidneys and brain cells from oxidative stress; however, its role in preventing hearing loss has not been reported to date, at least to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we demonstrated the protective effects of fenofibrate against gentamicin (GM)-induced ototoxicity. We found that the auditory brainstem response threshold which was increased by GM was significantly reduced by pre-treatment with fenofibrate in rats...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283078/distortion-product-otoacoustic-emissions-in-young-adult-and-geriatric-cats
#3
George M Strain, Kain A McGee
Recordings of distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) were taken from 15 geriatric cats (mean age ± standard deviation, SD, 13.6 ± 2.7 years; range 10.2-19.4 years) and 12 young adult control cats (mean ± SD 4.6 ± 0.5 years; range 3.4-5 years) to identify frequency-specific age-related changes in cochlear responses. Recordings were performed for primary frequencies from 2 to 12 kHz in 2 kHz increments. Cats were considered to be geriatric > 11.9 ± 1.9 years of age...
March 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280462/the-role-of-glia-in-the-peripheral-and-central-auditory-system-following-noise-overexposure-contribution-of-tnf-%C3%AE-and-il-1%C3%AE-to-the-pathogenesis-of-hearing-loss
#4
Verónica Fuentes-Santamaría, Juan Carlos Alvarado, Pedro Melgar-Rojas, María C Gabaldón-Ull, Josef M Miller, José M Juiz
Repeated noise exposure induces inflammation and cellular adaptations in the peripheral and central auditory system resulting in pathophysiology of hearing loss. In this study, we analyzed the mechanisms by which noise-induced inflammatory-related events in the cochlea activate glial-mediated cellular responses in the cochlear nucleus (CN), the first relay station of the auditory pathway. The auditory function, glial activation, modifications in gene expression and protein levels of inflammatory mediators and ultrastructural changes in glial-neuronal interactions were assessed in rats exposed to broadband noise (0...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280419/inhibition-of-k-outward-currents-by-linopirdine-in-the-cochlear-outer-hair-cells-of-circling-mice-within-the-first-postnatal-week
#5
Shin Wook Kang, Ji Woong Ahn, Seung Cheol Ahn
Inhibition of K(+) outward currents by linopirdine in the outer hair cells (OHCs) of circling mice (homozygous (cir/cir) mice), an animal model for human deafness (DFNB6 type), was investigated using a whole cell patch clamp technique. Littermate heterozygous (+/cir) and ICR mice of the same age (postnatal day (P) 0 -P6) were used as controls. Voltage steps from -100 mV to 40 mV elicited small inward currents (-100 mV~-70 mV) and slow rising K(+) outward currents (-60 mV ~40 mV) which activated near -50 mV in all OHCs tested...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263817/mir-34a-contributes-to-diabetes-related-cochlear-hair-cell-apoptosis-via-sirt1-hif-1%C3%AE-signaling
#6
Ying Lin, Jinjin Shen, Danfeng Li, Jie Ming, Xiangyang Liu, Nana Zhang, Jingbo Lai, Min Shi, Qiuhe Ji, Ying Xing
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) has been considered to be associated with a higher likelihood of hearing impairment (HI). However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the association between diabetes and HI are poorly understood. MicroRNAs have recently been demonstrated to be closely associated with hearing loss and considered as promising therapeutic targets. Herein, we investigated whether miR-34a contributes to diabetes-related cochlear hair cell apoptosis and sought to identify the underlying mechanism. The results showed that miR-34a was up-regulated in the cochleas of db/db mice, accompanied by significant hearing threshold elevation and hair cell loss...
March 2, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248600/mitochondria-targeted-antioxidant-mitoquinone-reduces-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity-in-guinea-pigs
#7
Alan D Tate, Patrick J Antonelli, Kyle R Hannabass, Carolyn O Dirain
Objective To determine if mitoquinone (MitoQ) attenuates cisplatin-induced hearing loss in guinea pigs. Study Design Prospective and controlled animal study. Setting Academic, tertiary medical center. Subjects and Methods Guinea pigs were injected subcutaneously with either 5 mg/kg MitoQ (n = 9) or normal saline (control, n = 9) for 7 days and 1 hour before receiving a single dose of 10 mg/kg cisplatin. Auditory brainstem response thresholds were measured before MitoQ or saline administration and 3 to 4 days after cisplatin administration...
March 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245737/hearing-disorders-in-cats
#8
George M Strain
Practical relevance: Auditory function is a sense that is central to life for cats - being important in situational awareness of potential predators, pursuit of prey, and for communication with conspecifics, humans and other species. Deafness in cats is most frequently the result of a genetic disorder, strongly associated with white fur and blue eyes, but may also result from acquired causes such as advancing age, ototoxic drugs, infection, environmental noise and physical trauma. Deafness can be sensorineural, where there is loss of cochlear hair cells, or conductive, where sound is muffled on its way to the inner ear...
March 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228258/clonal-expansion-of-lgr5-positive-cells-from-mammalian-cochlea-and-high-purity-generation-of-sensory-hair-cells
#9
Will J McLean, Xiaolei Yin, Lin Lu, Danielle R Lenz, Dalton McLean, Robert Langer, Jeffrey M Karp, Albert S B Edge
Death of cochlear hair cells, which do not regenerate, is a cause of hearing loss in a high percentage of the population. Currently, no approach exists to obtain large numbers of cochlear hair cells. Here, using a small-molecule approach, we show significant expansion (>2,000-fold) of cochlear supporting cells expressing and maintaining Lgr5, an epithelial stem cell marker, in response to stimulation of Wnt signaling by a GSK3β inhibitor and transcriptional activation by a histone deacetylase inhibitor...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225734/auditory-performance-and-electrical-stimulation-measures-in-cochlear-implant-recipients-with-auditory-neuropathy-compared-with-severe-to-profound-sensorineural-hearing-loss
#10
Joseph Attias, Tally Greenstein, Miriam Peled, David Ulanovski, Jay Wohlgelernter, Eyal Raveh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare auditory and speech outcomes and electrical parameters on average 8 years after cochlear implantation between children with isolated auditory neuropathy (AN) and children with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). DESIGN: The study was conducted at a tertiary, university-affiliated pediatric medical center. The cohort included 16 patients with isolated AN with current age of 5 to 12.2 years who had been using a cochlear implant for at least 3...
March 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223157/dose-dependent-cochlear-and-vestibular-toxicity-of-trans-tympanic-cisplatin-in-the-rat
#11
Angela Callejo, Amandine Durochat, Stéphanie Bressieux, Aurélie Saleur, Christian Chabbert, Ivan Domènech Juan, Jordi Llorens, Sophie Gaboyard-Niay
In vivo studies are needed to study cisplatin ototoxicity and to evaluate candidate protective treatments. Rats and mice are the preferred species for toxicological and pharmacological pre-clinical research, but systemic administration of cisplatin causes high morbidity in these species. We hypothesized that trans-tympanic administration of cisplatin would provide a good model for studying its auditory and vestibular toxicity in the rat. Cisplatin was administered by the trans-tympanic route in one ear (50μl, 0...
February 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220769/a-connexin30-mutation-rescues-hearing-and-reveals-roles-for-gap-junctions-in-cochlear-amplification-and-micromechanics
#12
Victoria A Lukashkina, Snezana Levic, Andrei N Lukashkin, Nicola Strenzke, Ian J Russell
Accelerated age-related hearing loss disrupts high-frequency hearing in inbred CD-1 mice. The p.Ala88Val (A88V) mutation in the gene coding for the gap-junction protein connexin30 (Cx30) protects the cochlear basal turn of adult CD-1Cx30(A88V/A88V) mice from degeneration and rescues hearing. Here we report that the passive compliance of the cochlear partition and active frequency tuning of the basilar membrane are enhanced in the cochleae of CD-1Cx30(A88V/A88V) compared to CBA/J mice with sensitive high-frequency hearing, suggesting that gap junctions contribute to passive cochlear mechanics and energy distribution in the active cochlea...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216123/ablation-of-the-auditory-cortex-results-in-changes-in-the-expression-of-neurotransmission-related-mrnas-in-the-cochlea
#13
Verónica Lamas, José M Juiz, Miguel A Merchán
The auditory cortex (AC) dynamically regulates responses of the Organ of Corti to sound through descending connections to both the medial (MOC) and lateral (LOC) olivocochlear efferent systems. We have recently provided evidence that AC has a reinforcement role in the responses to sound of the auditory brainstem nuclei. In a molecular level, we have shown that descending inputs from AC are needed to regulate the expression of molecules involved in outer hair cell (OHC) electromotility control, such as prestin and the α10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR)...
March 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211470/transient-auditory-nerve-demyelination-as-a-new-mechanism-for-hidden-hearing-loss
#14
Guoqiang Wan, Gabriel Corfas
Hidden hearing loss (HHL) is a recently described auditory neuropathy believed to contribute to speech discrimination and intelligibility deficits in people with normal audiological tests. Animals and humans with HHL have normal auditory thresholds but defective cochlear neurotransmission, that is, reduced suprathreshold amplitude of the sound-evoked auditory nerve compound action potential. Currently, the only cellular mechanism known for HHL is loss of inner hair cell synapses (synaptopathy). Here we report that transient loss of cochlear Schwann cells results in permanent auditory deficits characteristic of HHL...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209736/pejvakin-a-candidate-stereociliary-rootlet-protein-regulates-hair-cell-function-in-a-cell-autonomous-manner
#15
Marcin Kazmierczak, Piotr Kazmierczak, Anthony W Peng, Suzan L Harris, Prahar Shah, Jean-Luc Puel, Marc Lenoir, Santos J Franco, Martin Schwander
Mutations in the Pejvakin (PJVK) gene are thought to cause auditory neuropathy and hearing loss of cochlear origin by affecting noise-induced peroxisome proliferation in auditory hair cells and neurons. Here we demonstrate that loss of pejvakin in hair cells, but not in neurons, causes profound hearing loss and outer hair cell degeneration in mice. Pejvakin binds to and co-localizes with the rootlet component TRIOBP at the base of stereocilia in injectoporated hair cells, a pattern that is disrupted by deafness-associated PJVK mutations...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196606/imaging-and-cell-count-in-cleared-intact-cochlea-in-the-mongolian-gerbil-using-laser-scanning-confocal-microscopy
#16
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/28184337/atoh1-as-a-coordinator-of-sensory-hair-cell-development-and-regeneration-in-the-cochlea
#17
Sungsu Lee, Han-Seong Jeong, Hyong-Ho Cho
Cochlear sensory hair cells (HCs) are crucial for hearing as mechanoreceptors of the auditory systems. Clarification of transcriptional regulation for the cochlear sensory HC development is crucial for the improvement of cell replacement therapies for hearing loss. Transcription factor Atoh1 is the key player during HC development and regeneration. In this review, we will focus on Atoh1 and its related signaling pathways (Notch, fibroblast growth factor, and Wnt/β-catenin signaling) involved in the development of cochlear sensory HCs...
January 2017: Chonnam Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183797/ca-2-binding-protein-2-inhibits-ca-2-channel-inactivation-in-mouse-inner-hair-cells
#18
Maria Magdalena Picher, Anna Gehrt, Sandra Meese, Aleksandra Ivanovic, Friederike Predoehl, SangYong Jung, Isabelle Schrauwen, Alberto Giulio Dragonetti, Roberto Colombo, Guy Van Camp, Nicola Strenzke, Tobias Moser
Ca(2+)-binding protein 2 (CaBP2) inhibits the inactivation of heterologously expressed voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels of type 1.3 (CaV1.3) and is defective in human autosomal-recessive deafness 93 (DFNB93). Here, we report a newly identified mutation in CABP2 that causes a moderate hearing impairment likely via nonsense-mediated decay of CABP2-mRNA. To study the mechanism of hearing impairment resulting from CABP2 loss of function, we disrupted Cabp2 in mice (Cabp2(LacZ/LacZ) ). CaBP2 was expressed by cochlear hair cells, preferentially in inner hair cells (IHCs), and was lacking from the postsynaptic spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs)...
February 28, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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
#19
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/28178980/novel-neuro-audiological-findings-and-further-evidence-for-twnk-involvement-in-perrault-syndrome
#20
Monika Ołdak, Dominika Oziębło, Agnieszka Pollak, Iwona Stępniak, Michal Lazniewski, Urszula Lechowicz, Krzysztof Kochanek, Mariusz Furmanek, Grażyna Tacikowska, Dariusz Plewczynski, Tomasz Wolak, Rafał Płoski, Henryk Skarżyński
BACKGROUND: Hearing loss and ovarian dysfunction are key features of Perrault syndrome (PRLTS) but the clinical and pathophysiological features of hearing impairment in PRLTS individuals have not been addressed. Mutations in one of five different genes HSD17B4, HARS2, LARS2, CLPP or TWNK (previous symbol C10orf2) cause the autosomal recessive disorder but they are found only in about half of the patients. METHODS: We report on two siblings with a clinical picture resembling a severe, neurological type of PRLTS...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
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