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Protection, regeneration and replacement of hair cells in the cochlea : implications for the future treatment of sensorineural hearing loss

Bodmer, D.. (2008) Protection, regeneration and replacement of hair cells in the cochlea : implications for the future treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. Swiss Medical Weekly, Vol. 138, H. 47-48. pp. 708-712.

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Abstract

In the last few years progress has been made in understanding basic mechanisms involved in damage to the inner ear and various potential therapeutic approaches have been developed. It was shown that hair cell loss mediated by noise or toxic drugs may be prevented by antioxidants, inhibitors of intracellular stress pathways and neurotrophic factors/neurotransmission blockers. Moreover, there is hope that once hair cells are lost, their regeneration can be induced or that stem cells can be used to build up new hair cells. However, although tremendous progress has been made, most of the concepts discussed in this review are still in the "animal stage" and it is difficult to predict which approach will finally enter clinical practice. In my opinion it is highly probable that some concepts of hair cell protection will enter clinical practice first, while others, such as the use of stem cells to restore hearing, are still far from clinical utility.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Spezialf├Ącher (Klinik) > Otorhinolaryngologie > Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie (Bodmer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Spezialf├Ącher (Klinik) > Otorhinolaryngologie > Oto-Rhino-Laryngologie (Bodmer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Department of Biomedicine, University Hospital Basel > Inner Ear Research (Bodmer)
UniBasel Contributors:Bodmer, Daniel K
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:EMH
ISSN:1424-7860
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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