Sea creatures’ repair molecules fix sound-sensing cells in mice
Understanding sea anemones’ exceptional healing abilities may help scientists figure out how to restore hearing.
Proteins that the marine invertebrates use to repair damaged cells can also repair mice’s sound-sensing cells, a new study shows. The findings provide insights into the mechanics of hearing and could lead to future treatments for traumatic hearing loss, researchers report in the Aug. 1 Journal of Experimental Biology.
“This is a preliminary step, but it’s a very useful step in looking at restoring the structure and function of these damaged cells,” says Lavinia Sheets, a hearing researcher at Harvard Medical School who was not involved in the study.
On the mend
Repair proteins found on sea anemone tentacles mended mice’s damaged sound-sensing hair