2014 Inner Ear Physiology

Stereocilia tiplinks & transduction channels

  • protein bridges join adjacent stereocilia at several levels; the most critical are those found at the apex of the stereocilia (the tiplinks)

  • transduction channels are thought to be directly connected to the tiplink

  • stereocilia movement changes the tension in the tiplink, resulting in opening or closing of the transduction channel

  • K+ flows through open channels (see discussion of the endocochlear potential) and depolarizes the hair cell


EM of stereocilia tip links

Model of hair cell transduction
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