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Comp Med. 2001 Dec;51(6):550-4.

Circling mouse: possible animal model for deafness.

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Department of Dermatology, Catholic Research Institutes of Medical Science, Catholic Medical College, Seoul, Korea.


Mutant mice with abnormalities are potentially useful as models for studying human defects. Here we report a group of mice with abnormal behavioral patterns. A new spontaneous mutant mouse exhibited hyperactive behavior at about seven days of age, followed by tight circling behavior. Breeding studies suggest that this mutation is caused by a single gene defect inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Consequently, this mutation is referred to as a circling (cir) mouse mutation with the gene symbol cir. Auditory test results identified clearly the hearing loss of the cir, compared with wild-type mice. Pathologic studies confirmed developmental defects in cochlea and spiral ganglions that were correlated to the abnormal behavior observed in the cir mice. Thus, cir mice may be useful as a model for studying inner ear abnormalities and deafness in humans.

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