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Immunocytochemical Localization of Taurine in the Inner Ear

  • Shinichi Usami
  • Ole P. Ottersen
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 403)


Taurine is reported to be abundant in the inner ear4. However, data are scarce concerning the distribution and functional roles of taurine in this organ. In the CNS, taurine has been implicated in many functions including inhibitory neurotransmission, modification of Ca++ fluxes, and osmoregulation9, 10. We recently demonstrated the cellular and subcellular localization of taurine in the organ of Corti by means of post embedding immunocytochemistry27. In the present paper, we describe the distribution of taurine in the inner ear of three mammalian species.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinichi Usami
    • 1
  • Ole P. Ottersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyHirosaki University School of MedicineJapan
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Institute of Basic Medical SciencesUniversity of OsloNorway

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