Prestin and the cochlear amplifier

Peter Dallos*, Jing Zheng, Mary Ann Cheatham

*Corresponding author for this work

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In non-mammalian, hair cell-bearing sense organs amplification is associated with mechano-electric transducer channels in the stereovilli (commonly called stereocilia). Because mammals possess differentiated outer hair cells (OHC), they also benefit from a novel electromotile process, powered by the motor protein, prestin. Here we consider new work pertaining to this protein and its potential role as the mammalian cochlear amplifier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of physiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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