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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415260/enhanced-processing-in-arrays-of-optimally-tuned-nonlinear-biomimetic-sensors-a-coupling-mediated-ringelmann-effect-and-its-dynamical-mitigation
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Alexander P Nikitin, Adi R Bulsara, Nigel G Stocks
Inspired by recent results on self-tunability in the outer hair cells of the mammalian cochlea, we describe an array of magnetic sensors where each individual sensor can self-tune to an optimal operating regime. The self-tuning gives the array its "biomimetic" features. We show that the overall performance of the array can, as expected, be improved by increasing the number of sensors but, however, coupling between sensors reduces the overall performance even though the individual sensors in the system could see an improvement...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414275/a-new-hypothesis-on-the-frequency-discrimination-of-the-cochlea
#2
Erdoğan Bulut, Cem Uzun, Levent Öztürk, Pınar Turan, Mehmet Kanter, Serap Arbak
OBJECTIVE: Medial olivocochlear efferent (MOCE) neurons innervate outer hair cells (OHCs) of the cochlea, which in turn leads to basilar membrane motion. We hypothesized that MOCE-induced alterations in basilar membrane motion, independent of traveling waves, is responsible for the cochlear frequency discrimination of sound. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eleven guinea pigs underwent bilateral otoscopic and audiologic evaluations under general anesthesia. The study comprised two parts...
April 17, 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405467/anti-apoptotic-effect-of-dexamethasone-in-an-ototoxicity-model
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Jin Ho Lee, Se Heang Oh, Tae Ho Kim, Yoon Young Go, Jae-Jun Song
BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone (DEX) is used for the treatment of various inner ear diseases. However, the molecular mechanism of DEX on gentamicin induced hair cell damage is not known. Therefore, this study investigated the protective effect of DEX on gentamicin (GM)-induced ototoxicity and the effect of GM on the expression of apoptosis related genes. METHODS: The protective effects of DEX were measured by phalloidin staining of explant cultures of organ of Corti from postnatal day 2-3 mice with GM-induced hair cell loss...
2017: Biomaterials Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402854/in%C3%A2-vivo-interplay-between-p27-kip1-gata3-atoh1-and-pou4f3-converts-non-sensory-cells-to-hair-cells-in-adult-mice
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Bradley J Walters, Emily Coak, Jennifer Dearman, Grace Bailey, Tetsuji Yamashita, Bryan Kuo, Jian Zuo
Hearing loss is widespread and persistent because mature mammalian auditory hair cells (HCs) are nonregenerative. In mice, the ability to regenerate HCs from surrounding supporting cells (SCs) declines abruptly after postnatal maturation. We find that combining p27(Kip1) deletion with ectopic ATOH1 expression surmounts this age-related decline, leading to conversion of SCs to HCs in mature mouse cochleae and after noise damage. p27(Kip1) deletion, independent of canonical effects on Rb-family proteins, upregulated GATA3, a co-factor for ATOH1 that is lost from SCs with age...
April 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400833/over-expression-of-myosin7a-in-cochlear-hair-cells-of-circling-mice
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Yoo Yeon Kim, Hajin Nam, Harry Jung, Boyoung Kim, Jun Gyo Suh
Circling mouse (C57BL/6J-cir/cir) deleted the transmembrane inner ear (Tmie) gene is an animal model for human non-syndromic recessive deafness, DFNB6. In circling mouse, hair cells in the cochlea have degenerated and hair bundles have become irregularity as time goes on. Tmie protein carries out a function of the mechanoelectrical transduction channel in cochlear hair cells. Myosin7a (MYO7A) protein has key roles in development of the cochlear hair bundles as well as in the function of cochlear hair cells...
March 2017: Laboratory Animal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388662/scanning-laser-optical-tomography-for-in-toto-imaging-of-the-murine-cochlea
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Lena Nolte, Nadine Tinne, Jennifer Schulze, Dag Heinemann, Georgios C Antonopoulos, Heiko Meyer, Hans Gerd Nothwang, Thomas Lenarz, Alexander Heisterkamp, Athanasia Warnecke, Tammo Ripken
The mammalian cochlea is a complex macroscopic structure due to its helical shape and the microscopic arrangements of the individual layers of cells. To improve the outcomes of hearing restoration in deaf patients, it is important to understand the anatomic structure and composition of the cochlea ex vivo. Hitherto, only one histological technique based on confocal laser scanning microscopy and optical clearing has been developed for in toto optical imaging of the murine cochlea. However, with a growing size of the specimen, e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387239/survival-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-implanted-in-the-guinea-pig-auditory-epithelium
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Min Young Lee, Sandra Hackelberg, Kari L Green, Kelly G Lunghamer, Takaomi Kurioka, Benjamin R Loomis, Donald L Swiderski, R Keith Duncan, Yehoash Raphael
Hair cells in the mature cochlea cannot spontaneously regenerate. One potential approach for restoring hair cells is stem cell therapy. However, when cells are transplanted into scala media (SM) of the cochlea, they promptly die due to the high potassium concentration. We previously described a method for conditioning the SM to make it more hospitable to implanted cells and showed that HeLa cells could survive for up to a week using this method. Here, we evaluated the survival of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) constitutively expressing GFP (H9 Cre-LoxP) in deaf guinea pig cochleae that were pre-conditioned to reduce potassium levels...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384320/direct-administration-of-2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin-into-guinea-pig-cochleae-effects-on-physiological-and-histological-measurements
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J T Lichtenhan, K Hirose, C A Buchman, R K Duncan, A N Salt
2-Hydroxypropyl-Beta-Cyclodextrin (HPβCD) can be used to treat Niemann-Pick type C disease, Alzheimer's disease, and atherosclerosis. But, a consequence is that HPβCD can cause hearing loss. HPβCD was recently found to be toxic to outer hair cells (OHCs) in the organ of Corti. Previous studies on the chronic effects of in vivo HPβCD toxicity did not know the intra-cochlear concentration of HPβCD and attributed variable effects on OHCs to indirect drug delivery to the cochlea. We studied the acute effects of known HPβCD concentrations administered directly into intact guinea pig cochleae...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373074/netrin-1-mediates-protective-effects-exerted-by-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-on-cochlear-hair-cells
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Kohei Yamahara, Takayuki Nakagawa, Juichi Ito, Kazuo Kinoshita, Koichi Omori, Norio Yamamoto
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is mainly caused by the damage of cochlear hair cells (HCs). As HCs and supporting cells (SCs) do not proliferate in postnatal mammals, the loss of HCs and SCs is irreversible, emphasizing the importance of preserving their numbers to prevent SNHL. It is known that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is instrumental in the treatment of SNHL. Our previous study indicates that IGF1 protects HCs against aminoglycoside by activating IGF1 receptor and its two major downstream pathways, PI3K/AKT and MEK/ERK, in SCs, which results in the upregulation of the expression of the Netrin1-encoding gene (Ntn1)...
April 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367981/cochlear-gene-therapy-with-ancestral-aav-in-adult-mice-complete-transduction-of-inner-hair-cells-without-cochlear-dysfunction
#10
Jun Suzuki, Ken Hashimoto, Ru Xiao, Luk H Vandenberghe, M Charles Liberman
The use of viral vectors for inner ear gene therapy is receiving increased attention for treatment of genetic hearing disorders. Most animal studies to date have injected viral suspensions into neonatal ears, via the round window membrane. Achieving transduction of hair cells, or sensory neurons, throughout the cochlea has proven difficult, and no studies have been able to efficiently transduce sensory cells in adult ears while maintaining normal cochlear function. Here, we show, for the first time, successful transduction of all inner hair cells and the majority of outer hair cells in an adult cochlea via virus injection into the posterior semicircular canal...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
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Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345280/otoprotective-effects-of-mouse-nerve-growth-factor-in-dba-2j-mice-with-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss
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Qingzhu Wang, Hongchun Zhao, Tihua Zheng, Wenjun Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Andi Wang, Bo Li, Yanfei Wang, Qingyin Zheng
As it displays progressive hair-cell loss and degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) characterized by early-onset progressive hearing loss (ePHL), DBA/2J is an inbred mouse strain widely used in hearing research. Mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF), as a common exogenous nerve growth factor (NGF), has been studied extensively for its ability to promote neuronal survival and growth. To determine whether mNGF can ameliorate progressive hearing loss (PHL) in DBA/2J mice, saline or mNGF was given to DBA/2J mice of either sex by daily intramuscular injection from the 1st to the 9th week after birth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323018/modulation-of-auditory-percepts-by-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation
#13
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 18th 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 18, 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
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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...
April 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283078/distortion-product-otoacoustic-emissions-in-young-adult-and-geriatric-cats
#15
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
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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/28264554/hearing-improvement-in-a-j-mice-via-the-mouse-nerve-growth-factor
#17
Lixiang Gao, Ruli Ge, Gang Xie, Dandan Yao, Ping Li, Oumei Wang, Xiufang Ma, Fengchan Han
Objectives: To investigate the otoprotective effects of mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF) in A/J mice. Methods: The mice at postnatal day 7 (P7) were randomly separated into a mNGF treated group (mNGF group) and a distilled water (for injection) treated group (control group). The mNGF dissolved in distilled water or distilled water alone was given to the mice once every other day from P7 by intramuscular injection in the hips. The otoprotective effects of mNGF in A/J mice were observed in a time course manner...
March 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263817/mir-34a-contributes-to-diabetes-related-cochlear-hair-cell-apoptosis-via-sirt1-hif-1%C3%AE-signaling
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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/28228258/clonal-expansion-of-lgr5-positive-cells-from-mammalian-cochlea-and-high-purity-generation-of-sensory-hair-cells
#19
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/28223157/dose-dependent-cochlear-and-vestibular-toxicity-of-trans-tympanic-cisplatin-in-the-rat
#20
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
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