Journal article

Auditory hair cell explant co-cultures promote the differentiation of stem cells into bipolar neurons

B Coleman, JB Fallon, LN Pettingill, MG de Silva, RK Shepherd

EXPERIMENTAL CELL RESEARCH | ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Auditory neurons, the target neurons of the cochlear implant, degenerate following a sensorineural hearing loss. The goal of this research is to direct the differentiation of embryonic stem cells (SCs) into bipolar auditory neurons that can be used to replace degenerating neurons in the deafened mammalian cochlea. Successful replacement of auditory neurons is likely to result in improved clinical outcomes for cochlear implant recipients. We examined two post-natal auditory co-culture models with and without neurotrophic support, for their potential to direct the differentiation of mouse embryonic SCs into characteristic, bipolar, auditory neurons. The differentiation of SCs into neuron-like ..

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