Yuan Zhang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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Publications (7)10.98 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: μ-Opioid receptors (μ-ORs) activation with agonist [D-Ala(2), N-Me-Phe(4), Gly(5)-ol]-enkephalin (DAMGO) in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) induces sodium (0.3 M NaCl) intake in rats. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of pre-injections of losartan (AT1 angiotensin receptor antagonist) into the CeA on 0.3 M NaCl and water intake induced by DAMGO injected bilaterally in the same area in rats submitted to water deprivation-partial rehydration (WD-PR) and in rats treated with the diuretic furosemide (FURO) combined with a low dose of the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor captopril (CAP) injected subcutaneously (FURO/CAP). Male Sprague-Dawley rats with stainless steel cannulas implanted bilaterally into the CeA were used. In WD-PR rats, bilateral injections of DAMGO (2 nmol in 0.5 μL) into the CeA induced 0.3 M NaCl and water intake, and pre-treatment with losartan (108 nmol in 0.5 μL) injected into the CeA reduced 0.3 M NaCl and water intake induced by DAMGO. In FURO/CAP rats, pre-treatment with losartan (108 nmol in 0.5 μL) injected into the CeA attenuated the increase in 0.3 M NaCl and water intake induced by DAMGO (2 nmol in 0.5 μL) injected into the same site. The results suggest that the natriorexigenic effect of DAMGO injected into the CeA is facilitated by endogenous angiotensin II acting on AT1 receptors in the CeA, which drives rats to ingest large amounts of hypertonic NaCl.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2013 · Neuroscience
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the role of N-Methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA)-type glutamate receptors in the central nucleus of the amygdale (CeA) in food and water intake. Male Sprague-Dawley rats with stainless steel cannulae implanted unilaterally into the CeA were used. The prototypic NMDA receptor agonist NMDA, or the selective NMDA receptor antagonist D(-)-2-amino-5-phosphonopentanoic acid (D-AP-5) was microinjected into the CeA of satiated and euhydrated rats. Intra-CeA injection of 8.50, 17.00, or 34.00 nmol NMDA did not alter food intake but significantly increased water intake 0-1 h after the injection (F(3,32)=3.191, P=0.037) independent of food intake. Without affecting the food intake, injection of 6.34, 12.70, or 25.40 nmol D-AP-5 into the CeA significantly decreased water intake 0-1 h after the injection (F(3,28)=3.118, P=0.042) independent of food intake. NMDA receptors in the CeA may participate in the control of water intake rather than food intake.
    Full-text · Article · May 2012 · Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University
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    ABSTRACT: The present study examined the relationship between vesicular glutamate transpoter-3 (VGLUT3) positive cells and the activation of neurons in the brainstem and amygdala by bitter taste, using double-labeling immunohistochemistry. Conscious animals were subjected to intraoral bitter taste stimulation with quinine solution. Following this, neuronal activation was assessed by c-Fos expression and an analysis of c-Fos expression cells, VGLUT3 positive cells and double-labeled cells was made in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NST), the parabrachial nucleus (PBN) and amygdala. Results showed that intraoral bitter taste stimulation led to significant increases in the number of c-Fos-expressing and double-labeled cells in the NST, PBN and amygdala. Results also showed a decrease in the number of c-Fos-positive and double-labeled cells in the amygdala, in comparison with neurons in the brainstem, after bitter taste stimulation. These results suggest that bitter taste activates cells in the NST, PBN and amygdala and these effects are partly mediated by VGLUT3 positive cells. Moreover, double-labeled neurons also exhibited a preferential distribution after quinine stimulation compared to water stimulation.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Brain research
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effect of high-fat (HF) diet on the body weight and the mRNA expression of melanin concentrating hormone receptor 1 (MCHR1) and leptin receptor (OB-Rb) in the adipose tissue in rats, the two important and opposite factors in regulating the body weight. Post-weaning rats were divided into 3 groups: the NC group were fed a normal-chow diet (NC) (13% calories from fat), the HF group with a HF-diet (47% calories from fat) and the PHF group pair-fed a HF-diet (47% calories from fat). At the end of 8th week, the gained bodyweight, the plasma melanin concentrating hormone (MCH) and leptin, and the expression levels of MCHR1 and OB-Rb in the adipose tissue were measured. Both the HF-diet and pair-fed HF-diet enhanced the body weight (P<0.01), plasma MCH (P<0.01) and leptin concentrations (P<0.05). In the adipose tissue, HF-diet resulted in significant increase in MCHR1 (PHF group,P<0.05) and decrease in OB-Rb mRNA levels (HF group,P<0.01; PHF group,P<0.05). No statistical difference was found between the HF group and the PHF group in terms of the aforementioned data (P>0.05). Chronic intake of iso-caloric HF-diet and ad libitum HF-diet obviously results in increase in the body weight, serum leptin, and MCH concentration. Diet-induced obesity and related metabolic disorders are possibly correlated with up-regulated expression of MCHR1 and down-regulated expression of OB-Rb in the adipose tissue.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2011 · Zhong nan da xue xue bao. Yi xue ban = Journal of Central South University. Medical sciences
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the role of glutaminergic neurons in the transmission and integration of the sweat taste information in the brain stem and the amygdala. Conscious Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to oral sweet taste or water (control) stimulations. The activated neurons were identified by detecting c-Fos expression in taste-related brain areas, and the glutaminergic neurons by detecting vesicular glutamate transpoter-3 (VGLUT3). Compared with control group, the rats with oral sucrose solution stimulation exhibited significantly increased c-Fos-expressing and double-labeled neurons in the nucleus of the solitary tract (NST), the parabrachial nucleus (PBN) and the amygdala. Neurons in the NST, PBN and amygdala are activated after oral sweet taste stimulation. The sweet taste perception at different levels in the CNS is partly mediated by glutamate.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2011 · Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University

  • No preview · Article · Dec 2010 · Neuroscience Research
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    ABSTRACT: Evodiamine (Evo), an alkaloidal component extracted from the fruit of Evodiae fructus (Evodia rutaecarpa Bentham, Rutaceae), decreases the body weight of rats through a poorly defined mechanism. The hypothalamus is one of the areas in the brain linked to the control of food intake and energy expenditure. We postulate that Evo mediates this activity by modulating feeding-related peptides in the hypothalamus. We investigated the effects of Evo on food intake, body weight, the mRNA expression and peptide level of feeding-related peptides in the hypothalamus, in male rats. The juvenile rats of 5 weeks old were used at the start of the experiment. Evo (40 mg/kg or 4 mg/kg) was administered intragastrically for 25 days, and food intake and body weight of rats were recorded daily. Blood samples were collected for leptin radioimmunoassay (RIA). Real-Time PCR was used to analyze the mRNA expression. Western Blotting and immunohistochemistry were used to analyze the peptide. Our results show that intragastric administration of Evo (40 mg/kg) decreased rate of food intake and body weight increase following rat growth, reduced orexigenic neuropeptide Y (NPY) and agouti-gene related protein (AgRP) mRNA levels and NPY peptide level in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus, but it increases the circulating level of leptin. Intragastric administration of a smaller dose of Evo (4 mg/kg) was ineffective. These data suggest that Evo decreases food intake, and therefore body weight, partly by down-regulating NPY and AgRP mRNA expression and peptide expression in the ARC of the hypothalamus.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2008 · Brain research

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16 Citations
10.98 Total Impact Points


  • 2010-2013
    • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2012
    • Xi'an Jiaotong University
      • Key Laboratory of Environment and Genes Related to Diseases
      Ch’ang-an, Shaanxi, China