Journal article

Cannula-based drug delivery to the guinea pig round window causes a lasting hearing loss that may be temporarily mitigated by BDNF

Phillip JP Sale, Aaron Uschakov, Tasfia Saief, David P Rowe, Carla J Abbott, Chi D Luu, Amy J Hampson, Stephen J O'Leary, David J Sly

HEARING RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017

Abstract

Sustained local delivery of drugs to the inner ear may be required for future regenerative and protective strategies. The round window is surgically accessible and a promising delivery route. To be viable, a delivery system should not cause hearing loss. This study determined the effect on hearing of placing a drug-delivery microcatheter on to the round window, and delivering either artificial perilymph (AP) or brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) via this catheter with a mini-osmotic pump. Auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) were monitored for 4 months after surgery, while the AP or BDNF was administered for the first month. The presence of the microcatheter - whether dry or when delive..

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