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Tightrope act

A component of the ‘tip link’ that conveys tension to mechanically sensitive ion channels in the inner ear has been identified. The finding raises new questions about elastic elements in our hearing apparatus.

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Figure 1: Models for mechanotransduction in hair cells of the inner ear.
Figure 2: Structure of the tip link, and molecular models.

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Corey, D., Sotomayor, M. Tightrope act. Nature 428, 901–903 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/428901a

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