SLC26A4 Targeted to the Endolymphatic Sac Rescues Hearing and Balance in Slc26a4 Mutant Mice

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dc.contributor.author Li, Xiangming
dc.contributor.author Sanneman, Joel D.
dc.contributor.author Harbidge, Donald G.
dc.contributor.author Zhou, Fei
dc.contributor.author Ito, Taku
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Raoul
dc.contributor.author Picard, Nicolas
dc.contributor.author Chambrey, Régine
dc.contributor.author Eladari, Dominique
dc.contributor.author Miesner, Tracy
dc.contributor.author Griffith, Andrew J.
dc.contributor.author Marcus, Daniel C.
dc.contributor.author Wangemann, Antje Philine
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-09T19:00:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-09T19:00:46Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-09
dc.date.issued 2013-07-11
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16412
dc.description.abstract Mutations of SLC26A4 are a common cause of human hearing loss associated with enlargement of the vestibular aqueduct. SLC26A4 encodes pendrin, an anion exchanger expressed in a variety of epithelial cells in the cochlea, the vestibular labyrinth and the endolymphatic sac. Slc26a4[superscript Δ/Δ] mice are devoid of pendrin and develop a severe enlargement of the membranous labyrinth, fail to acquire hearing and balance, and thereby provide a model for the human phenotype. Here, we generated a transgenic mouse line that expresses human SLC26A4 controlled by the promoter of ATP6V1B1. Crossing this transgene into the Slc26a4[superscript Δ/Δ] line restored protein expression of pendrin in the endolymphatic sac without inducing detectable expression in the cochlea or the vestibular sensory organs. The transgene prevented abnormal enlargement of the membranous labyrinth, restored a normal endocochlear potential, normal pH gradients between endolymph and perilymph in the cochlea, normal otoconia formation in the vestibular labyrinth and normal sensory functions of hearing and balance. Our study demonstrates that restoration of pendrin to the endolymphatic sac is sufficient to restore normal inner ear function. This finding in conjunction with our previous report that pendrin expression is required for embryonic development but not for the maintenance of hearing opens the prospect that a spatially and temporally limited therapy will restore normal hearing in human patients carrying a variety of mutations of SLC26A4. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1003641 en_US
dc.subject SLC26A4 en_US
dc.subject Hearing loss en_US
dc.subject Pendrin en_US
dc.subject Endolymphatic sac en_US
dc.title SLC26A4 Targeted to the Endolymphatic Sac Rescues Hearing and Balance in Slc26a4 Mutant Mice en_US
dc.type Article (publisher version) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003641 en_US
dc.citation.issue 7 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle PLoS Genetics en_US
dc.citation.spage e1003641 en_US
dc.citation.volume 9 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jsannema en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid harbidge en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid marcus en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid wange en_US


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