The timecourse of apoptotic cell death during postnatal remodeling of the mouse cochlea and its premature onset by triiodothyronine (T3)

Robin Peeters, L Ng, M Ma, D Forrest

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Apoptosis underlies various forms of tissue remodeling during development. Prior to the onset of hearing, thyroid hormone (T3) promotes cochlear remodeling, which involves regression of the greater epithelial ridge (GER), a transient structure of columnar cells adjacent to the mechanosensory hair cells. We investigated the timecourse of apoptosis in the GER and the influence of ectopic T3 on apoptosis. In saline-treated mice, activated caspase 3-positive cells were detected in the GER between postnatal days 7 and 13 and appeared progressively along the cochlear duct from base to apex over developmental time. T3 given on P0 and P1 advanced the overall program of apoptosis and remodeling by similar to 4 days. Thyroid hormone receptor beta was required for these actions, suggesting a receptor-mediated process of initiation of apoptosis. Finally, T3 given only at PO or P1 resulted in deafness in adult mice, thus revealing a transient period of susceptibility to long-term damage in the neonatal auditory system. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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