Inflammatory Monocytes Infiltrate the Spiral Ligament and Migrate to the Basilar Membrane After Noise Exposure

Seung Ho Shin, Jee Eun Yoo, Jinsei Jung, Jae Young Choi, Seong Hoon Bae

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Objectives. Noise exposure leads to an increase in the macrophage population. This increment is thought to be caused by the transformation of infiltrated monocytes into macrophages rather than by proliferation of the cochlear resident macrophages. However, studies on infiltrated monocytes in the cochlea are scarce. Thus, we aimed to investigate the infiltration of monocytes and their transformation into macrophages after noise exposure. Methods. In wild-type and CX3CR1+/GFP C57/B6 mice, inflammatory monocytes were identified by immunofluorescence of mouse cochlear cells.The findings were confirmed and quantitated by flow cytometry. Results. One day after noise exposure, monocytes were identified in the spiral ligament. Flow cytometric analysis confirmed that the monocyte population peaked on post-noise exposure day 1 and decreased thereafter. On day 3 after noise exposure, amoeboid-type macrophages increased in the crista basilaris, and on day 5, they spread to the basilar membrane. Conclusion. Infiltrated monocytes were successfully observed 1 day after noise exposure, preceding the increase in the macrophage population.This finding supports the proposal that infiltrated monocytes transform into macrophages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalClinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2022

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  • Cochlea
  • Macrophages
  • Monocytes
  • Noise


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