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Neuroscience letters

Viral-mediated expression of c-Myc and cyclin A2 induces cochlear progenitor cell proliferation.


PMID 25684244

Abstract

Cochlear progenitor cells have a limited proliferative capability, which prevents their application in treating sensorineural hearing loss. In this study, we showed that the expression of c-Myc and cyclin A2 was down-regulated during the development of cochlear tissue and CPC differentiation. Over-expression of these two genes using adenovirus transduction, significantly affected the CPC cell cycle and promoted the CPC proliferation. We further demonstrated that this promotion involves the classic CKI-cyclin-CDK pathway. Our study suggests that genetically modified CPCs may be a promising cell source for cochlear stem cell transplantation that improves the efficacy of cell therapy.