Direct Evidence for an Active Mechanical Process in Mammalian Outer Hair Cells

  • Hans Peter Zenner
  • Detlev Drenckhahn
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 119)


Motile responses of cochlear hair cells open new perspectives for the understanding of cochlear hearing mechanisms and of hearing disorders located in hair cells. Direct visualization of hair cell motility was achieved by video-assisted studies of isolated mammalian outer hair cells (OHC) which have overcome some of the complexities in dealing with the heterogenous organ of Corti.


Hair Cell Actin Filament Outer Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Cochlear Hair Cell 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Peter Zenner
    • 1
  • Detlev Drenckhahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyUniversity of WürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyUniversity of MarburgW. Germany

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