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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Mr Zin Khant Aung

PositionAssistant Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
QualificationsBSc PGDipSci MSc
Research summaryNeuroendocrine regulation of body weight and glucose homeostasis

Research

Our research group is interested in the neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and glucose homeostasis. Specific projects include hypothalamic signal transduction pathways activated in response to metabolic signals, mechanisms of "leptin resistance" contributing to the development of obesity, and pregnancy-induced adaptation in metabolic regulation.

Publications

Augustine, R. A., Knowles, P., Khant Aung, Z., Grattan, D. R., & Ladyman, S. R. (2019). Impaired hypothalamic leptin sensitivity in pseudopregnant rats treated with chronic prolactin to mimic pregnancy. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12702

Brown, R. S. E., Khant Aung, Z., Phillipps, H. R., Barad, Z., Lein, H.-J., Boehm, U., Szawka, R. E., & Grattan, D. R. (2019). Acute suppression of LH secretion by prolactin in female mice is mediated by kisspeptin neurons in the arcuate nucleus. Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/en.2019-00038

Ladyman, S. R., Khant Aung, Z., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Impact of pregnancy and lactation on the long-term regulation of energy balance in female mice. Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/en.2018-00057

McEwen, H. J. L., Cognard, E., Ladyman, S. R., Khant-Aung, Z., Tups, A., Shepherd, P. R., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Feeding and GLP-1 receptor activation stabilize beta-catenin in specific hypothalamic nuclei in male rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12607

Ladyman, S. R., MacLeod, M. A., Khant Aung, Z., Knowles, P., Phillipps, H. R., Brown, R. S. E., & Grattan, D. R. (2017). Prolactin receptors in Rip-cre cells, but not in AgRP neurons, are involved in energy homeostasis. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 29(10), e12474. doi: 10.1111/jne.12474

Journal - Research Article

Augustine, R. A., Knowles, P., Khant Aung, Z., Grattan, D. R., & Ladyman, S. R. (2019). Impaired hypothalamic leptin sensitivity in pseudopregnant rats treated with chronic prolactin to mimic pregnancy. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12702

Brown, R. S. E., Khant Aung, Z., Phillipps, H. R., Barad, Z., Lein, H.-J., Boehm, U., Szawka, R. E., & Grattan, D. R. (2019). Acute suppression of LH secretion by prolactin in female mice is mediated by kisspeptin neurons in the arcuate nucleus. Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/en.2019-00038

Ladyman, S. R., Khant Aung, Z., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Impact of pregnancy and lactation on the long-term regulation of energy balance in female mice. Endocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1210/en.2018-00057

McEwen, H. J. L., Cognard, E., Ladyman, S. R., Khant-Aung, Z., Tups, A., Shepherd, P. R., & Grattan, D. R. (2018). Feeding and GLP-1 receptor activation stabilize beta-catenin in specific hypothalamic nuclei in male rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jne.12607

Ladyman, S. R., MacLeod, M. A., Khant Aung, Z., Knowles, P., Phillipps, H. R., Brown, R. S. E., & Grattan, D. R. (2017). Prolactin receptors in Rip-cre cells, but not in AgRP neurons, are involved in energy homeostasis. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 29(10), e12474. doi: 10.1111/jne.12474

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