Leaks in the basilar membrane following acoustic overstimulation. The images were obtained from a cochlea receiving a dextran-FITC perfusion into the scala tympani. A, The top view of the organ of Corti at the level just beneath the reticular lamina (see the schematic drawing for the image level), where only sporadic fluorescent granules are present. Bar = 25 μm. B, Granular fluorescence is present in the extracellular spaces around the Deiters cells at the level beneath the outer hair cells (arrows). Asterisks mark the basilar membrane where weak dextran-FITC fluorescence is present. C, Image showing the staining pattern at the level of the basal portion of the Hensen cells (arrows), where sporadic fluorescence is present.
Zheng and Hu BMC Neuroscience 2012 13:71 doi:10.1186/1471-2202-13-71