2. Repair and rescue of the cochlear epithelium

Age-related hearing loss or presbycusis is a major health problem. Cumulative effects of aging on hearing are exacerbated by genetic and environmental factors such as noise or drug exposure. Here, we are using multi-disciplinary approaches to decipher the mechanisms of presbycusis and to develop therapies against hearing loss at elderly.

2 2 illustration 01 smallUsing molecular and cellular biology together with biochemistry, we aim at understand signaling pathways underlying the cochlear neuro-epithelium senescence. Pharmacological or genetic rescue is then applied for prevent the hearing loss in age-related hearing loss models.




2 2 illustration 02 smallScanning electron microscopy of the cochlea. Hair bundle of the sensory hair cell are conspicuous. (A) shows three rows of outer hair cell and one row of inner hair cells. (B) outer hair cell stereociliary bundle magnification. In the age-related hearing loss animal model, hair cells degenerate (B and C).

Last publications

Wang and Puel, Physiological Reviews, 2018
Benkafadar et al., EMBO Mol Med. 2017, 9:7
Morell et al., Sci Rep. 2017, 7:41848
Bourien et al., J Neurophysiol. 2014, 112:1025
Menardo et al., Antioxid Redox Signal,  2012, 16:263


WO2017125429 A1: The use of a temporary inhibitor of p53 for preventing or reducing cancer relapse.
WO 2007119098 A3:  Methods for the treatment of tinnitus induced by cochlear excitotoxicity.              
WO 2005092345 A1: Use of a phenothiazine derivative for preventing and/or treating hearing loss.       


Prof. Richard Smith.  University of Iowa, USA
Dr. Sharon G. Kujawa. Massachusetts Eye and Ear  Infirmary, USA
Prof. Isabel  Varela-Nieto. Institute for Biomedical Research, CSIC. Spain
Dr. Guy Lenears. Université Angers, Angers
Dr. Alexis Bemelmans. Institut de biologie François Jacob. Paris
Dr. François Casas. UMR 866 Différenciation Cellulaire et Croissance, Montpellier


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Jing Wang