Gene Discovery Reveals Critical Protein's Function In Hearing

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 13:14 in Biology & Nature

Discovery of a deafness-causing gene defect in mice has helped identify a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear, according to a new study. The mutated gene fails to produce normal claudin-9 protein, which, the scientists showed, is needed to maintain the proper distribution of potassium in the inner ear.

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