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Contact: Robin Latham
NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Caption: This scanning electron microscopy image illustrates tiny extracellular links between stereocilia of an inner ear hair cell. One type of link, the tip link, connects the top of the shorter stereocilium to the side of a longer stereocilium and is crucial for hearing. The yellow dots in the inset are the immuno-gold particles that label specific proteins comprising the tip link.
Credit: G. I. Frolenkov, Ph.D.
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