The morphological and functional alterations of the cochlea in apolipoprotein E deficient mice

Division of Allergy and Immunology, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Sciences and Otolaryngology and Neuroscience Institute, College of Medicine, VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN 38104, USA.
Hearing Research (Impact Factor: 2.97). 11/2005; 208(1-2):54-67. DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2005.05.010
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The relationship between hyperlipidemia and sensorineural hearing loss remains obscure. In this study, we elucidate for the first time the cochlear morphological and auditory alterations and their relationships with hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction in apolipoprotein-E knockout (ApoE-KO) mice. Ten-week-old ApoE-KO mice were fed either atherosclerotic diet (1.25% cholesterol) or normal diet. Wild type mice (C57BL/6J) served as normal controls. Fourteen weeks later, marked hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, and hearing impairment, especially in the high frequencies, had developed in ApoE-KO mice as compared with C57BL/6J mice (P<0.001). A high positive correlation between hearing loss and the extent of atherosclerosis and plasma total cholesterol levels was found. Hearing loss, especially at high frequencies, was detected in all ApoE-KO mice. Hair cell loss mainly at the base turn, thickening of vascular intima, and lumen stenosis of the spiral modiolar artery (SMA) in cochlea were also found; these histological changes were exacerbated by the atherosclerotic diet. Furthermore, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in aortic wall and cochlea was distinctly reduced in ApoE-KO mice. These results demonstrate that hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis can induce alterations in cochlear morphology and function. The stenosis of SMA, which may cause cochlear ischemia and hypoxia, endothelial dysfunction, and low eNOS activity, may contribute to hearing loss.

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    • "Atherosclerosis was induced in the aortas of 8‐week‐old ApoE‐knockout male mice on a C57BL/6 background (Jackson Laboratories) by a Western diet containing 21% fat, 0.15% cholesterol, and 19.5% casein for 20 weeks as described previously.16 Atherosclerotic lesions were confirmed by oil red O staining using en face preparation of whole aortas and hematoxylin‐eosin staining of cross‐sections of proximal aortas (aortic sinus, ascending aorta, arch, and thoracic aorta) as shown in our previous publications.17–18 To upregulate the miR‐145 in mouse aortas, 50‐μL solutions of Ad‐miR‐145 (5×1010 pfu/mL) or control Ad‐GFP (5×1010 pfu/mL) were injected via the tail vein. "
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    • "Animals and treatment Male apoE KO mice with wild-type C57BL/6 were purchased from Japan SLC Incorporation (Tokyo, Japan), which were kept both for 12 weeks on a high-cholesterol diet (1.25% cholesterol, 7.5% cocoa butter, 0.5% sodium cholate, DYET#102068; Dyets Inc., Bethelehem, PA, USA) (Guo et al. 2005). On the 8th week post induction of hyperlipidemia, the mice were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with ginseng extracts (100 mg/kg/day) for 4 weeks. "
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    • "Previous studies of apolipoproteins in cochlea were restricted to ApoE1 and ApoD, where mice deficient in the former showed a hearing loss and substantial cochlear cell death [5] [25], while ApoD knockouts had normal hearing thresholds [26]. Putative roles include cochlear ionic and oxidative homeostasis [25] [26], a balance that may be connected to ion channels. "
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