Title

Effects of neurotrophin and neurotrophin receptor disruption on the afferent inner ear innervation

Abstract

Two neurotrophins and their two receptors appear to regulate the survival of vestibular and cochlear neurons in the developing ear. Mice lacking either brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) or its associated receptor, Trk B, show a severe reduction in the number of vestibular neurons and a loss of all innervation to the semicircular canals. Mice lacking NT-3 or its receptor, Trk C, show a severe reduction of spiral neurons in the basal turn of the cochlea. Mice lacking both BDNF and NT-3 or Trk B and Trk C, reportedly lose all innervation to the inner ear. These two neurotrophins and their associated receptors are necessary for the normal afferent innervation of the inner ear.

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

4-1-1997

Publication Title

Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology

Department

Neuroscience

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1006/scdb.1997.0144

Language

English

Format

text

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