Mechanotransduction of the Hair Cell

  • Wei Xiong
  • Zhigang Xu

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology book series (BRIEFSBIOCHEM)

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About this book


This book summarizes the emerging experimental evidence on hair-cell mechanotransduction, and covers hair’s cellular structure, biophysical properties, molecular components and functions. Auditory hair cells convert sound-induced vibration into electrical signals. This biological process, mechanotransduction, is what allows us to hear and communicate in our daily lives. However, our grasp of hair-cell mechanotransduction is still far from complete. Recent advances in molecular genetics and biophysics have helped us gain deeper insights into this process, especially the molecular constituent and operation of the channel complex. This book provides a cutting-edge snapshot for all readers who are interested in or studying how auditory hair cells detect sound. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Wei Xiong
    • 1
  • Zhigang Xu
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Life Sciences, IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain ResearchTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Life SciencesShandong UniversityJinanChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-8556-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-8557-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-9353
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-9361
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