Ca2+-ATPases in the cochlear duct

Academic Article


  • Differing levels of the Ca2+-ATPase enzymes that reside on the plasma membrane (PM) and on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) were identified in individual rat cochlear tissues by the use of a semi-quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Unlike other studies, a specific antibody to PM Ca2+-ATPase was used to detect significantly greater levels (about 2x) of PM Ca2+-ATPase in the stria vascularis (SV) than that in the spiral ligament (SL) and organ of Corti (OC) tissues. Similarly, levels of ER Ca2+-ATPase were also significantly higher in the SV than in the SL and OC tissues. The presence of ER Ca2+-ATPase in the tissues of the SV has not been demonstrated previously. Given the importance of Ca2+ homeostasis in the inner ear, the statistically significantly higher densities of both PM and ER Ca2+-ATPase measured in the SV relative to the SL and OC regions would indicate tissue-specific responses to fluctuations in systemic and local Ca2+ concentrations.
  • Authors

    Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Curtis LM; Garg LC; Rarey KE
  • Start Page

  • 553
  • End Page

  • 558
  • Volume

  • 117
  • Issue

  • 4