Axon guidance cues in auditory development

Audra Webber, Yael Raz

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Abstract

The innervation of the cochlear sensory epithelium is intricately organized, allowing the tonotopy established by the auditory hair cells to be maintained along the ascending auditory pathways. These auditory projections are patterned by several gene families that regulate neurite attraction and repulsion, known as axon guidance cues. In this review, the roles of various axon guidance molecules, including fibroblast growth factor, ephs, semaphorins, netrins and slits, are examined in light of their known contribution to auditory development. Additionally, morphogens are discussed in the context of their recently described influence on axonal pathfinding in other sensory systems. The elucidation of these various mechanisms may guide the development of therapies aimed at maximizing the connectivity of auditory neurons in the context of congenital or acquired sensorineural hearing loss, especially as pertains to cochlear implants. Further afield, improved understanding of the molecular processes which regulate innervation of the organ of Corti during normal development may prove useful in connecting regenerated hair cells to the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)390-396
Number of pages7
JournalAnatomical Record - Part A Discoveries in Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology
Volume288
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

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hairs
Cues
fibroblast growth factors
sensory system
neurites
hearing
Auditory Hair Cells
Semaphorins
central nervous system
Auditory Pathways
Organ of Corti
epithelium
Cochlear Implants
Fibroblast Growth Factors
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
neurons
Cochlea
Neurites

Keywords

  • Axon guidance
  • Cochlea
  • Hair cells
  • Morphogens
  • Regeneration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Anatomy

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Axon guidance cues in auditory development. / Webber, Audra; Raz, Yael.

In: Anatomical Record - Part A Discoveries in Molecular, Cellular, and Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 288, No. 4, 04.2006, p. 390-396.

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