The cell biology of hearing

Martin Schwander, Bechara Kachar, Ulrich Müller

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Abstract

Mammals have an astonishing ability to sense and discriminate sounds of different frequencies and intensities. Fundamental for this process are mechanosensory hair cells in the inner ear that convert sound-induced vibrations into electrical signals. The study of genes that are linked to deafness has provided insights into the cell biological mechanisms that control hair cell development and their function as mechanosensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Volume190
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 12 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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