Recent advancements in the regeneration of auditory hair cells and hearing restoration

Rahul Mittal, Desiree Nguyen, Amit P. Patel, Luca H. Debs, Jeenu Mittal, Denise Yan, Adrien Eshraghi, Thomas R Van De Water, Xue Z Liu

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Abstract

Neurosensory responses of hearing and balance are mediated by receptors in specialized neuroepithelial sensory cells. Any disruption of the biochemical and molecular pathways that facilitate these responses can result in severe deficits, including hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. Hearing is affected by both environmental and genetic factors, with impairment of auditory function being the most common neurosensory disorder affecting 1 in 500 newborns, as well as having an impact on the majority of elderly population. Damage to auditory sensory cells is not reversible, and if sufficient damage and cell death have taken place, the resultant deficit may lead to permanent deafness. Cochlear implants are considered to be one of the most successful and consistent treatments for deaf patients, but only offer limited recovery at the expense of loss of residual hearing. Recently there has been an increased interest in the auditory research community to explore the regeneration of mammalian auditory hair cells and restoration of their function. In this review article, we examine a variety of recent therapies, including genetic, stem cell and molecular therapies as well as discussing progress being made in genome editing strategies as applied to the restoration of hearing function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number236
JournalFrontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2017

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Auditory Hair Cells
Hearing
Regeneration
Hearing Loss
Neuroepithelial Cells
Cochlear Implants
Deafness
Cell- and Tissue-Based Therapy
Genetic Therapy
Cell Death
Stem Cells
Newborn Infant
Research
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Auditory hair cells
  • Gene therapy
  • Hair cell regeneration
  • Hearing loss
  • Stem cell therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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Recent advancements in the regeneration of auditory hair cells and hearing restoration. / Mittal, Rahul; Nguyen, Desiree; Patel, Amit P.; Debs, Luca H.; Mittal, Jeenu; Yan, Denise; Eshraghi, Adrien; Van De Water, Thomas R; Liu, Xue Z.

In: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, Vol. 10, 236, 31.07.2017.

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Mittal, Rahul ; Nguyen, Desiree ; Patel, Amit P. ; Debs, Luca H. ; Mittal, Jeenu ; Yan, Denise ; Eshraghi, Adrien ; Van De Water, Thomas R ; Liu, Xue Z. / Recent advancements in the regeneration of auditory hair cells and hearing restoration. In: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 2017 ; Vol. 10.
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