Characterisation of DRASIC in the mouse inner ear

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Hearing Research (Impact Factor: 2.97). 05/2004; 190(1-2):149-60. DOI: 10.1016/S0378-5955(04)00015-2
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Within the cochlea, the hair cells detect sound waves and transduce them into receptor potential. The molecular architecture of the highly specialised cochlea is complex and until recently little was known about the molecular interactions which underlie its function. It is now clear that the coordinated expression and interplay of hundreds of genes and the integrity of cochlear cells regulate this function. It was hypothesised that transcripts expressed highly or specifically in the cochlea are likely to have important roles in normal hearing. Microarray analyses of the Soares NMIE library, consisting of 1536 cDNA clones isolated from the mouse inner ear, suggested that the expression of the mechanoreceptor DRASIC was enriched in the cochlea compared to other tissues. This amiloride-sensitive ion channel is a member of the DEG/ENaC superfamily and a potential candidate for the unidentified mechanoelectrical transduction channel of the sensory hair cells of the cochlea. The cochlear-enriched expression of amiloride-sensitive cation channel 3 (ACCN3) was confirmed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Using in situ hybridisation and immunofluorescence, DRASIC expression was localised to the cells and neural fibre region of the spiral ganglion. DRASIC protein was also detected in cells of the organ of Corti. DRASIC may be present in cochlear hair cells as the ACCN3 transcript was shown to be expressed in immortalised cell lines that exhibit characteristics of hair cells. The normal mouse ACCN3 cDNA and an alternatively spliced transcript were elucidated by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction from mouse inner ear RNA. This transcript may represent a new protein isoform with an as yet unknown function. A DRASIC knockout mouse model was tested for a hearing loss phenotype and was found to have normal hearing at 2 months of age but appeared to develop hearing loss early in life. The human homologue of ACCN3, acid-sensing ion channel 3, maps to the same chromosomal region as the autosomal recessive hearing loss locus DFNB13. However, we did not detect mutations in this gene in a family with DFNB13 hearing loss.

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    • "SGNs and the OC express ASIC3 (Hildebrand et al., 2004). Although ASIC3 knockout mice exhibit normal hearing, they develop hearing loss early in life (4 months of age) (Hildebrand et al., 2004). Additionally, the ASIC1b subunit was detected in SGNs and in the stereocilia bundle of mouse cochlear hair cells (Ugawa et al., 2006). "
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