Scientists identify role of protein behind rare Norrie disease; and find clues for treating hearing loss

A team of Mass Eye and Ear Scientists led by Albert Edge, Ph.D., working with research fellow Yushi Hayashi, MD, Ph.D., has identified the mechanism that can lead to deafness in the rare syndrome, Norrie disease. The researchers found that the Norrie Disease Protein (NDP), which is lacking in patients with the rare disease, is essential for the maintenance and survival of hair cells in the cochlea, the cells responsible for hearing.,A team of Mass Eye and Ear Scientists led by Albert Edge, Ph.D., working with research fellow Yushi Hayashi, MD, Ph.D., has identified the mechanism that can lead to deafness in the rare syndrome, Norrie disease. The researchers found that the Norrie Disease Protein (NDP), which is lacking in patients with the rare disease, is essential for the maintenance and survival of hair cells in the cochlea, the cells responsible for hearing.

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