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Neuron. 2003 Aug 14;39(4):585-8.

New TRP channels in hearing and mechanosensation.

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  • 1Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Despite extensive biophysical characterization and the superb example of the bacterial MscL channel, molecular identification of eukaryotic mechanosensitive channels has been slow. New members of the TRP superfamily have emerged as candidate channels to mediate touch, hearing, fluid flow, and osmosensation in sensory and nonsensory cells. Distinguishing between direct mechanical activation and indirect second messenger activation is still a challenge.

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