Oncomodulin, an EF-hand Ca2+ buffer, is critical for maintaining cochlear function in mice

Benton Tong, Aubrey J. Hornak, Stéphane F. Maison, Kevin K. Ohlemiller, M. Charles Liberman, Dwayne D. Simmons

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Abstract

Oncomodulin (Ocm), a member of the parvalbumin family of calcium binding proteins, is expressed predominantly by cochlear outer hair cells in subcellular regions associated with either mechanoelectric transduction or electromotility. Targeted deletion of Ocm caused progressive cochlear dysfunction. Although sound-evoked responses are normal at 1 month, by 4 months, mutants show only minimal distortion product otoacoustic emissions and 70–80 dB threshold shifts in auditory brainstem responses. Thus, Ocm is not critical for cochlear development but does play an essential role for cochlear function in the adult mouse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1631-1635
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 3 2016

Keywords

  • Calcium homeostasis
  • Hearing loss
  • Outer hair cell
  • Parvalbumin

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