The still magnificent outer hair cell
A feverish quest exists to uncover the events that lead to cochlear amplification in mammals. The role of the OHC is certainly paramount, and we now have identified many componentsthat form the basis of the cell's unique contribution. In my mind, a few observations leadthe story on this hot topic, including the molecular identification of the OHC motor, its modulation by anions and the demonstration of the motor's anion transport capabilities. Here I review some of this recent work.
- Otology Japan
Otology Japan 17(1), 2-7, 2007-02-25
THE JAPAN OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY