Molecular springs produce an animal’s sense of touch and hearing – VIDEO



As senses go, there’s nothing so immediate and concrete as our sense of touch. From the tickle of a feather to the pain of a stubbed toe, our responses to pressure and pain dictate how we move through and react to the world around us. So it may come as a surprise that, on the molecular level, our sense of touch is still poorly understood.

Now, UC San Francisco scientists have mapped in exquisite detail a protein complex called NOMPC (pronounced “nomp-see”), that acts as a mechanoreceptor in animals from fruit flies to fish and frogs. The structure, reported June 26, 2017 in Nature, reveals a machine that depends on a quartet of tiny springs that tether the complex to the cell’s “skeleton” and react to its movement.

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Hearing Loss: Molecular Therapy – VIDEO



Research at the UW Medical Center translates to improving care options for patients. This University of Washington program shows what is going on in Dr. Clifford Hume,s lab, where researchers are exploring a biological approach to hearing restoration by stimulating regeneration of hair cells in the inner ear.

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