Expression of potassium channels in gerbil outer hair cells during development does not require neural induction

David Z. He, Peter Dallos

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Mammalian outer hair cells (OHCs) contain Ca and K channels in their synaptic pole. We questioned if the ontogeny of potassium currents of OHCs depends on the neural induction of early afferent contact. By recording whole-cell currents of OHCs grown in organotypic cultures deprived of afferent innervation, we show that a Ca-activated K channel is expressed in these cells, suggesting that the ontogeny of the K channel is an intrinsic process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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