ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-091204-26
The transmembrane inner ear (Tmie) protein is essential for normal hearing and balance in the zebrafish
Gleason, M.R., Nagiel, A., Jamet, S., Vologodskaia, M., Lopez-Schier, H., and Hudspeth, A.J.
Date: 2009
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America   106(50): 21347-21352 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Gleason, Michelle, Hudspeth, A.J. (Jim), Lopez-Schier, Hernan
Keywords: auditory system, hair cell, lateral line, mechanoelectrical transduction, vestibular system
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Deafness
  • Ear, Inner/pathology
  • Frameshift Mutation
  • Hair Cells, Auditory/pathology
  • Hearing/physiology*
  • Mechanotransduction, Cellular/genetics
  • Membrane Proteins/genetics
  • Membrane Proteins/physiology*
  • Postural Balance/physiology*
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/physiology*
PubMed: 19934034 Full text @ Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
Little is known about the proteins that mediate mechanoelectrical transduction, the process by which acoustic and accelerational stimuli are transformed by hair cells of the inner ear into electrical signals. In our search for molecules involved in mechanotransduction, we discovered a line of deaf and uncoordinated zebrafish with defective hair-cell function. The hair cells of mutant larvae fail to incorporate fluorophores that normally traverse the transduction channels and their ears lack microphonic potentials in response to vibratory stimuli. Hair cells in the posterior lateral lines of mutants contain numerous lysosomes and have short, disordered hair bundles. Their stereocilia lack two components of the transduction apparatus, tip links and insertional plaques. Positional cloning revealed an early frameshift mutation in tmie, the zebrafish ortholog of the mammalian gene transmembrane inner ear. The mutant line therefore affords us an opportunity to investigate the role of the corresponding protein in mechanoelectrical transduction.