Neuroscience 2021 Apr 7. Epub 2021 Apr 7.
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of USTC, Hefei, 230001, China. Electronic address:
To investigate the role of the exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) signaling pathway in inner ear hair cell damage and apoptosis after noise exposure, we analyzed the expression level of Epac1 in a rat model of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), based on rat exposure to a 4-kHz and 106-dB sound pressure level (SPL) for 8 h. Loss of outer hair cells (OHCs), mitochondrial lesions, and hearing loss were examined after treatment with the Epac agonist, 8-CPT, or the Epac inhibitor, ESI-09. The effects of 8-CPT and ESI-09 on cell proliferation and apoptosis were examined by CCK-8 assays, holographic microscopy imaging, and Annexin-V FITC/PI staining in HEI-OC1 cells. Read More