A map of cochlear perilymph protein based on high-resolution two-dimensional electrophoresis.Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1990; 247(5):271-3.EA
For systematic characterization of cochlear perilymphatic (PL) fluid proteins and to compare the complex protein mixtures of PL fluid, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood plasma, we subjected eight postmortem PL fluid samples to two-dimensional (2D) electrophoresis. To avoid contamination of perilymph by blood and blood plasma, the samples were taken immediately after death and analyzed by keeping to certain selection criteria. When compared with CSF, PL fluid in the scala vestibule was found to have an albumin content of approximately 1-2g/l, or 10 times the level of CSF albumin. Due to the small volume of the sample obtained, it was not possible to concentrate the PL fluid. As a result, protein spots in the 2D-gel could only be detected with a highly sensitive silver stain. Visual inspection of the resulting 2D-electrophoretograms showed that most of the "CSF-specific" protein clusters were present in the PL fluid pattern.