Vladimir Tsuprun, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Vladimir Tsuprun

Contact Info


Mailing Address:
Department of Otolaryngology
420 Delaware Street S.E., MMC 396
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Research Summary/Interests

  • Cochlear anatomy and pathology, ultrastructural organization of stereocilia, tectorial membrane, and extracellular matrix
  • Structural analysis of biological macromolecules and cell structures: proteins, protein complexes, viruses, and bacteria
  • Transmission and scanning electron microscopy, including computer image analysis of biological macromolecules
  • Histochemistry and immunohistochemistry
  • Animal models of otitis media, middle and inner ear interactions, pathology of the inner ear due to otitis media, effect of virulence proteins of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae on the pathological changes in the middle and inner ears.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss, auditory brainstem response in animals
  • Human temporal bone research

Research Funding Grants

Individual National Research Service Award
5F32-DC00313-03 from NIH/NIDCD


  • Karya S, Schachern P, Cureoglu S, Tsuprun V, Okano M, Kazunori N, Juhn S. Up-regulation of macrophage inhibitory factor induced by endotoxin in experimental otitis media with effusion in mice. Acta Oto-Laryngol, 2008, In Press.
  • Schachern PA, Tsuprun V, Cureoglu S, Ferrieri P, Briles DE, Paparella MM, Juhn S. The round window membrane in otitis media. Effect of pneumococcal proteins. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2008, In Press.
  • Schachern PA, Tsuprun V, Ferrieri P, Cureoglu S, Paparella MM, Juhn S. Effect of pneumococcal proteins on the inner ear. Proceedings 9th International symposium on recent advances in otitis media. St. Pete Beach, FL, 2008, In Press.
  • Schachern PA, Cureoglu S, Tsuprun V, Paparella MM, Whitley C. Age-related functional and histopathological changes of the ear in the MPS I mouse. Int J Pediatr Otolaryngol 71:197-203, 2007.
  • Cureoglu S, Schachern PA, Fertilo A, Rinaldo A, Tsuprun V, Paparella MM. Otosclerosis: etiopathogenesis and histopathology. Am J Otolaryngology 27:334-340, 2006.
  • Cureoglu S, Schachern PA, Rinaldo A, Tsuprun V, Ferlito A, Paparella MM. Round window membrane and labyrinthine pathological changes: an overview. Acta Otolaryngologica, 125:9-15, 2005.
  • Tsuprun V, Goodyear RJ, Richardson GP. The structure of tip links and kinocilial links in avian sensory hair bundles. Biophys J 80:4106-4112, 2004.
  • Tsuprun V, Schachern PA, Cureoglu S, Paparella MM. Structure of the stereocilia side links and morphology of auditory hair bundles in relation to noise exposure in the chinchilla. J. Neurocytology 32: 1117-1128, 2003.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Structure of outer hair cell stereocilia side and attachment links in the chinchilla cochlea. J Histochem Cytochem 50:493-502, 2002.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Cochlear microanatomy and ultrastructure. In: Physiology of the ear (Fahn, A.F. and Santos-Sacchi, J., Eds). Singular, pp. 256-283, 2001.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Proteoglycan arrays in the cochlear basement membranes. Hear Res 157:65-76, 2001.
  • Pushkin AV, Tsuprun V, Abuladze NK, Newman D, Kurtz I. Oligomeric structure of bAE3 protein. IUBMB life 50:397-401, 2000.
  • Lin J, Tsuprun V, Kawano H, Paparella M, Zhang Z, Anway R, Ho SB. Characterization of mucins in human middle ear and Eustachian tube. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 280:L1157-1167, 2000.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Ultrastructure and immunohistochemical identification of the extracellular matrix of the chinchilla cochlea. Hear Res 129:35-49, 1999.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Structure of outer hair cell stereocilia links in the chinchilla. J. Neurocytol 27:517-528, 1998.
  • Tsuprun V and Santi P. Ultrastructural organization of proteoglycans and fibrillar matrix of the tectorial membrane. Hear Res 110:107-118, 1997.
  • Tsuprun V, Rajagopal B, Anderson D. Electron microscopy of B. subtilis GroESL chaperonin and interaction with bacteriophage phi 29 head-tail connector. J Structr Biol 115:258-266, 1995.
  • Tsuprun V, Anderson D, Egelman EH. The bacteriophage phi 29 head-tail connector shows13-fold symmetry in hexagonal packed arrays and single particles. Biophys J 66:2139-2150, 1994.
  • Myasoedova KN, Tsuprun V. Cytochrome P-450: hexameric structure. FEBS Lett 325:251-254,1993.
  • Syomin BK, Kandror KV, Tsuprun V. Presence of the gypsy (MDG4) retrotransposon in extracellular virus-like particles. FEBS Lett 323: 285-288, 1993.
  • Tsuprun V, Boekema EJ, Pushkin AV. Electron microscopy and image analysis of GroEL-like protein and its complexes with glutamine synthase. Bioch Biophys Acta 1099:69-72, 1992.