The hearing gene Prestin reunites echolocating bats

The hearing gene Prestin reunites echolocating bats


Gang Li, Jinhong Wang, Stephen J Rossiter, Gareth Jones, James A Cotton, Shuyi Zhang

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2008/9/16) 105(37):13959

Abstract The remarkable high-frequency sensitivity and selectivity of the mammalian auditory system has been attributed to the evolution of mechanical amplification, in which sound waves are amplified by outer hair cells in the cochlea. This process is driven by the recently discovered protein prestin, encoded by the gene Prestin. Echolocating bats use ultrasound for orientation and hunting and possess the highest frequency hearing of all mammals. To test for the involvement of Prestin in the evolution of bat echolocation, we …


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