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The protein encoded by OTOG is a component of the acellular membranes of the inner ear.
Patients with OTOG mutation show a flat to downsloping configuration of the audiogram with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Speech recognition scores remain good and vestibular hyporeflexia is present.
study reports the identification of mutations in OTOG as a cause of moderate nonsyndromic hearing loss
The protein encoded by this gene is a component of the acellular membranes of the inner ear. Disruption of the orthologous mouse gene shows that it plays a role in auditory and vestibular functions. It is involved in fibrillar network organization, the anchoring of otoconial membranes and cupulae to the neuroepithelia, and likely in sound stimulation resistance. Mutations in this gene cause autosomal recessive nonsyndromic deafness, type 18B.
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