Detection of an auditory nerve--activating substance

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Science  24 Nov 1978:
Vol. 202, Issue 4370, pp. 910-912
DOI: 10.1126/science.30998


A substance or substances capable of increasing the firing rate of primary auditory fibers is detectable in the perilymph of frogs and guinea pigs subjected to sound stimulation. The increase in firing rate occurs in single units of the frog auditory nerve after perilymph obtained from frogs or guinea pigs during sound stimulation is infused into the frog perilymphatic sac. Perilymph collected from animals maintained in silence failed to cause an increase in firing rate of primary auditory fibers of the frog.