Fengqiong Zhou

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We have previously extracted a serotonin (5-HT) neurotrophic supernatant from the 5,7-DHT lesioned hippocampus. The current study shows that a new 5-HT neurotrophic signal was monitored in the striatum and nigra after DA-denervation. Such a signal may be involved in the heterotypic sprouting. Dopaminergic neurotoxin, 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), was injected(More)
The mesolimbic dopamine system of the brain, in particular the nucleus accumbens (Acb), is long known to be involved in reward behavior. When compared with the alcohol-nonpreferring NP rats, the alcohol-preferring P rats exhibit lower dopamine (DA) levels in the Acb as well as in other forebrain areas (20). In the present study, the DA innervation density,(More)
Polyclonal antisera were generated against two identical regions of rat and human A1 adenosine receptors using synthetic multiple-antigenic-peptides as immunogens. Western blotting showed that the antisera recognized a single protein in brain of the expected size for A1 receptors. Immunohistochemistry of CHO cells transfected with the rat or human A1(More)
The levels of serotonin (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindole-acetic acid (5-HIAA) are decreased in the hippocampus, nucleus accumbens, and cortex of selectively bred alcohol-preferring (P) rats, compared with the alcohol-nonpreferring (NP) rats. In this study, we have confirmed these findings by immunocytochemistry and quantitative image analysis which indicates that(More)
Brain grafts directly placed in their target regions often lack proper connections and normal regulation. When brain grafts are placed in their ontogenetic normal area, the axonal outgrowth of grafts to distal target regions is a major obstacle. We previously demonstrated that directional axonal growth of grafts can be facilitated by laminin. In this study(More)
  • F C Zhou
  • Brain research. Developmental brain research
  • 1990
Laminin has been known to promote neurite outgrowth in culture. We have recently demonstrated that laminin facilitates and guides fiber growth of grafted neurons in the brain. In this study, I report that 4 distinct patterns of laminin immunoreactivity--small and large punctiform laminin, sheath laminin, and somal laminin--were expressed in the brain, each(More)
We have previously demonstrated that intranigral transplantation of fetal ventral mesencephalic (VM) tissue and nigrostriatal administration of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) restores striatal dopamine input in hemiparkinsonian rats. Since it has been found that GDNF is highly expressed in fetal kidney, we examined the possibility that(More)
In spite of the conventional belief that neurotransmitter uptake occurs at the synapses, we demonstrated previously that serotonin transporters and the high-affinity uptake of serotonin were not confined to the terminals but rather occurred throughout the axons [Zhou F. C. et al. (1998) Brain Res. 805, 241-254]. In the present study, the detailed(More)
Serotonergic (5-HT) sprouting occurs after damage of neighboring 5-HT or non-5-HT fibers. The sprouting signals appear to originate from the target tissue where neural trophic factors are secreted. In order to determine the cellular source of the trophic signal we currently report that removal of local neurons with a neurotoxin, ibotenic acid (IB),(More)
Studies from this laboratory have demonstrated that administration of the selective 5-HT2/1C antagonist LY53857 can block 5-HTP-induced response suppression. To further investigate the serotonergic mechanisms involved in this effect, we decided to test the capacity of LY53857 to block response suppression induced with two selective 5-HT agonists. After a 15(More)