Robert E.W. Fyffe (Advisor), John C. Pearson (Committee Member), Larry J. Ream (Committee Member)
Master of Science (MS)
These experiments analyze differences in synaptic development in central auditory pathways between normal hearing (CBA/J) and congenitally deaf (dn/dn) mice, which provide valuable insight into central synaptic plasticity corresponding to human congenital deafness. Immunofluorescent analysis of the developmental expression of the calcium buffering proteins calretinin, calbindin d-28k, and parvalbumin at various postnatal time points was performed to assess the effects of altered neural activity on the level and/or pattern of protein expression within these nuclei. Results indicate that the pattern of calbindin and parvalbumin is unaffected by congenital deafness in dn/dn mice. However, the pattern of calretinin expression in the MNTB during development of dn/dn mice differed significantly from that of CBA/J mice, indicating that calcium buffering may be impaired in these synapses without appropriate afferent stimulation.
Department or Program
Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology
Year Degree Awarded
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