Interrelated striated elements in vestibular hair cells of the rat

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Science  06 May 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4597, pp. 622-624
DOI: 10.1126/science.6682246


Unusual fixation procedures revealed a series of interrelated striated organelles in type I and type II vestibular hair cells of the rat; these organelles seemed to be less well developed in cochlear hair cells. The findings suggest that contractile elements may play a role in sensory transduction in the inner ear, particularly in the vestibular system.

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