Mutations in LOXHD1, an Evolutionarily Conserved Stereociliary Protein, Disrupt Hair Cell Function in Mice and Cause Progressive Hearing Loss in Humans

Nicolas Grillet, Martin Schwander, Michael S. Hildebrand, Anna Sczaniecka, Anand Kolatkar, Janice Velasco, Jennifer A. Webster, Kimia Kahrizi, Hossein Najmabadi, William J. Kimberling, Dietrich Stephan, Melanie Bahlo, Tim Wiltshire, Lisa M. Tarantino, Peter Kuhn, Richard J H Smith, Ulrich Mueller

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Hearing loss is the most common form of sensory impairment in humans and is frequently progressive in nature. Here we link a previously uncharacterized gene to hearing impairment in mice and humans. We show that hearing loss in the ethylnitrosourea (ENU)-induced samba mouse line is caused by a mutation in Loxhd1. LOXHD1 consists entirely of PLAT (polycystin/lipoxygenase/α-toxin) domains and is expressed along the membrane of mature hair cell stereocilia. Stereociliary development is unaffected in samba mice, but hair cell function is perturbed and hair cells eventually degenerate. Based on the studies in mice, we screened DNA from human families segregating deafness and identified a mutation in LOXHD1, which causes DFNB77, a progressive form of autosomal-recessive nonsyndromic hearing loss (ARNSHL). LOXHD1, MYO3a, and PJVK are the only human genes to date linked to progressive ARNSHL. These three genes are required for hair cell function, suggesting that age-dependent hair cell failure is a common mechanism for progressive ARNSHL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Human Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 11 2009
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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