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The delayed rectifier, IKI, is the major conductance in type I vestibular hair cells across vestibular end organsHair cells were dissociated from the semicircular canal, utricle, lagena and saccule of white king pigeons. Type I hair cells were identified morphologically based on the ratios of neck width to cuticular plate width (NPR < 0.72) as well as neck width to cell body width (NBR < 0.64). The perforated patch variant of the whole-cell recording technique was used to measure electrical properties from type I hair cells. In voltage-clamp, the membrane properties of all identified type I cells were dominated by a predominantly outward potassium current, previously characterized in semicircular canal as IKI. Zero-current potential, activation, deactivation, slope conductance, pharmacologic and steady-state properties of the complex currents were not statistically different between type I hair cells of different vestibular end organs. The voltage dependence causes a significant proportion of this conductance to be active about the cell's zero-current potential. The first report of the whole-cell activation kinetics of the conductance is presented, showing a voltage dependence that could be best fit by an equation for a single exponential. Results presented here are the first data from pigeon dissociated type I hair cells from utricle, saccule and lagena suggesting that the basolateral conductances of a morphologically identified population of type I hair cells are conserved between functionally different vestibular end organs; the major conductance being a delayed rectifier characterized previously in semicircular canal hair cells as IKI.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Ricci, A. J.
(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston TX 77555-1063, United States)
Rennie, K. J.
Correia, M. J.
Date Acquired
August 22, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Pflugers Archiv : European journal of physiology
Volume: 432
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0031-6768
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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NASA Discipline Number 40-99
NASA Discipline Neuroscience
Non-NASA Center
NASA Program Space Biology Research Associates

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