Gadolinium blocks mechano-electric transducer current in chick cochlear hair cells

Takashi Kimitsuki, Takashi Nakagawa, Kazutaka Hisashi, Shizuo Komune, Sohtaro Komiyama

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Abstract

We investigated the effects of gadolinium ion (Gd3+) on the mechano-electrical transduction (MET) current using a whole-cell patch electrode voltage clamp technique in dissociated cochlear hair cells of chicks. Gd3+ blocked the MET channel in a concentration- and voltage-dependent manner. At -50 mV, Gd3+ blocked the MET channel, with a Hill coefficient of 1.14 and a dissociation constant (K(D)) of 1.01 x 10-5 M. Adaptation of the MET current disappeared after the introduction of Gd3+, a change that may be due to a decrease in inward going MET currents, specifically the Ca2+ component.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalHearing Research
Volume101
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 1996

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Auditory Hair Cells
Gadolinium
Patch-Clamp Techniques
Transducers
Electrodes
Ions

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Gadolinium blocks mechano-electric transducer current in chick cochlear hair cells. / Kimitsuki, Takashi; Nakagawa, Takashi; Hisashi, Kazutaka; Komune, Shizuo; Komiyama, Sohtaro.

In: Hearing Research, Vol. 101, No. 1-2, 01.11.1996, p. 75-80.

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Kimitsuki, Takashi ; Nakagawa, Takashi ; Hisashi, Kazutaka ; Komune, Shizuo ; Komiyama, Sohtaro. / Gadolinium blocks mechano-electric transducer current in chick cochlear hair cells. In: Hearing Research. 1996 ; Vol. 101, No. 1-2. pp. 75-80.
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