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Researchers are working on a drug that could prevent hearing loss

New drugs that have helped in the prevention of noise or drug-incited hearing loss in mice and zebrafish can possibly benefit a large number of people the world over, researchers say.

Researchers from St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis tried numerous compounds that shielded cochlear cells from the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, which causes an irreversible hearing loss in up to 70% of patients.

One specific compound, named kenpaullone, was observed to be the best in relieving the destructive impacts of cisplatin on hearing cells by restraining a catalyst called cyclin-subordinate kinase 2 (CDK2).

The research is published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

More than 360 million people far and wide experience the ill effects of hearing loss, caused by clamor, chemotherapy, anti-infection agents, viral diseases, hereditary deformities or maturing.

There are no US Food and Drug Administration-affirmed drugs accessible at present to switch the condition.

“The robust protection conferred by one-time local delivery of kenpaullone suggests that CDK2 inhibitors may transform the clinical prevention and treatment of cisplatin- and noise-induced hearing loss in patients,” said Dr Jian Zuo from St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“Modifications of the treatment regimens, additional optimization of the delivery methods via the use of hydrogels, and structural modifications of the compounds via medicinal chemistry could ensure even better results with CDK2 inhibitors in treating hearing loss in humans.”

Infusing kenpaullone into the center ear of mice was additionally found to ensure the cochlear cells against commotion presentation as boisterous as 100 decibels.

Long or repeated presentation to sounds over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss in people.

“Given that 100-dB noise is in the range of noise insults commonly experienced by people in our society, kenpaullone could have significant clinical application in treating noise-induced hearing loss,” Zuo added.