The Structure of Tip Links and Kinocilial Links in Avian Sensory Hair Bundles

Tsuprun, Vladimir, Goodyear, Richard J and Richardson, Guy P (2004) The Structure of Tip Links and Kinocilial Links in Avian Sensory Hair Bundles. Biophysical Journal, 87 (6). pp. 4106-4112. ISSN 0006-3495

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Abstract

Recent studies have indicated that the tip links and kinocilial links of sensory hair bundles in the inner ear have similar properties and share a common epitope, and that cadherin 23 may also be a component of each link type. Transmission electron microscopy was therefore used to study and compare the fine structure of the tip links and kinocilial links in avian sensory hair bundles. Tannic acid treatment revealed a thin strand, 150¿200nm long and 8¿11nm thick, present in both link types. Fourier analysis of link images showed that the strand of both link types is formed from two filaments coiled in a helix-like arrangement with an axial period of 20¿25nm, with each filament composed of globular structures that are ~4nm in diameter. Differences in the radius and period of the helix-like structure may underlie the observed variation in the length of tip and kinocilial links. The similar helix-like structure of the tip links and kinocilial links is in accord with the presence of a common cell-surface antigen (TLA antigen) and similarities in the physical and chemical properties of the two link types. The spacing of the globular structures comprising each filament of the two link types is similar to the 4.3nm center-to-center spacing reported for the globular cadherin repeat, and is consistent with the suggestion that cadherin 23 is the tip link.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Depositing User: Richard Goodyear
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:08
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 08:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24286
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