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    ABSTRACT: BCL11B/CTIP2 zinc-finger transcription factor is expressed in various types of cells in many different tissues. This study showed that BCL11B is expressed in the nucleus of the outer hair cells of the mouse cochlea, degeneration of which is known to cause deafness and presbycusis or age-related hearing loss (AHL). We tested whether or not Bcl11b heterozygosity would affect AHL in mice. Analysis of auditory brainstem responses revealed AHL in Bcl11b (+/-) heterozygous, but not wild-type, mice, which was evident as early as 3 months after birth. Histological abnormalities were observed in the outer hair cells of the Bcl11b (+/-) mice at 6 months of age with hearing loss. These results suggest that the AHL observed in Bcl11b (+/-) mice is the result of impairment of the outer hair cells and that BCL11B activity is required for the maintenance of outer hair cells and normal hearing.
    Experimental Animals 01/2011; 60(4):355-61. · 1.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report two cases of intraoperative computer-aided surgery using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/computed tomography (CT) fusion imaging for inverted papilloma (IP). Case 1: IP had spread to the frontal recess/sinus so we chose a combined endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and external approach. Case 2: For a maxillary sinus tumor, we combined ESS and the adjuvant external (Caldwell-Luc) procedure. This is helpful to surgeons when, shifting fusion imaging when opening the frontal sinus bone to obtain CT data, and shifting to MRI to detect the tumor pedicle, then approaching the bone defect using MRI-CT fusion imaging (50-50%).
    Nippon Jibiinkoka Gakkai Kaiho 01/2010; 113(1):15-9.
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    ABSTRACT: A region in the vicinity of D17Mit119 on mouse chromosome 17 harbors a susceptibility gene, designated as Ahl3, to age-related hearing loss (AHL). We produced congenic lines of C57BL/6 background that substituted regions around D17Mit119 with MSM-derived ones, and examined auditory brainstem response (ABR) thresholds for their hearing capacity at 6 and 12months of age. Three congenic lines carrying the approximately 14-Mb region between D17Mit274 and D17Mit183 retained normal hearing at 12months of age whereas two congenic lines not carrying this region tended to lose hearing at that age. We also investigated noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in congenic lines at 1, 7 and 14days after exposure to the noise of 100dB for 1h. Most congenic mice carrying the 14-Mb region did not exhibit permanent threshold shift (PTS) whereas mice not carrying this region exhibited a strong tendency of PTS, indicating the role of Ahl3 in susceptibility to NIHL. These results indicate that Ahl3 exists within the 14-Mb region and affects not only AHL but also NIHL.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 04/2007; 355(1):117-21. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Genetic variation in humans probably plays a role in determining the range of individual susceptibility to age-related hearing loss (AHL), but no contributing loci have been identified because of the difficulties of dissecting complex traits in humans. This paper reports mapping of an AHL locus using a panel of consomic mice between C57BL/6J (B6) and MSM strains, which covered more than a half of chromosome sets. B6 strain exhibited AHL beginning at 10 months of age whereas MSM strain, derived from Japanese wild mice, had normal hearing throughout life. Individuals in the panel were examined with auditory brainstem response (ABR) at various months of age, revealing that one particular strain (B6-Chr17(MSM)) substituting the chromosome 17 with the MSM-derived one showed a prominent resistance, having still good hearing at 18 months of age. Subsequent mapping using 89 individuals in the cross between B6-Chr17(MSM) and B6 was performed, which showed a significant association of ABR thresholds with loci in the vicinity of D17Mit119. These results show a novel AHL-resistant locus, designated as Ahl3, on the chromosome 17.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 12/2004; 324(4):1283-8. · 2.28 Impact Factor