A MECHANISM BY WHICH THE HAIR CELLS OF THE INNER EAR TRANSDUCE MECHANICAL ENERGY INTO A MODULATED TRAIN OF ACTION POTENTIALS

Authors
  1. Malcolm, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Physical models of the hair cells of the inner ear were built and analyzed. These models suggest that a straightforward physical process is capable of modulating the electrical resistance of the hair cell. Strong evidence in the literature indicates that such a change in resistance would modulate an otherwise steady electrical current which flows across the hair cell. This would cause the resting potential of the hair cell to change in a systematic fashion, eventually giving rise to the modulated train of action potentials in the neurons leading from the hair cell to the central nervous system.
Report Number
RP-950 —
Date of publication
01 Jan 1974
Number of Pages
16
Reprinted from
J of General Physiology, vol 63, 1974, p 757-772
DSTKIM No
75-00748
CANDIS No
24547
Format(s):
Hardcopy

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