Pyott et al. attribute comparatively poor hearing in African naked and Damaraland mole-rats to lack of cochlear amplification, disrupted hair bundles, and hair bundle proteins bearing deafness-associated amino acid substitutions. Positive selection in some bundle proteins suggests altered hearing is adaptive to subterranean and eusocial lifestyles.
- auditory outer hair cells
- cochlear amplifier
- hair bundle
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Neuroscience
- General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences