Cholinergic receptor, nicotinic, alpha 9 (neuronal); Ionotropic receptor with a probable role in the modulation of auditory stimuli. Agonist binding induces a conformation change that leads to the opening of an ion-conducting channel across the plasma membrane. The channel is permeable to a range of divalent cations including calcium, the influx of which may activate a potassium current which hyperpolarizes the cell membrane. In the ear, this may lead to a reduction in basilar membrane motion, altering the activity of auditory nerve fibers and reducing the range of dynamic hearing. This may protect against acoustic trauma. May also regulate keratinocyte adhesion; Cholinergic receptors nicotinic subunits
Synonyms: CHRNA9, CHRNA9p, hCHRNA9, Q9UGM1, NACHRA9 ...