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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Hu Zhang

PositionSenior Research Fellow
QualificationsMD(Anhui), PhD(Otago)
Research summaryPharmaceutical sciences

Research

My research areas have been the following inter-related areas: biopharmaceutical analysis, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, toxicity, drug discovery and development. My research interests are preclinical study of bioactives, especially anti-aging agents in various animal models and the extrapolation of these results to humans, uptake of drugs into the brain, and the transport and metabolism of xenobiotics.

I have an interest in disease biomarker identification and their potential use in drug discovery and development. Since 2005, I have been collaborating with Dr. Ping Liu (Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology) on the contribution of the arginine metabolic pathway to age-associated cognitive decline. We are currently funded by the New Zealand Neurological Foundation and Health Research Council of New Zealand. Knowledge gained from these work will contribute significantly to our basic understanding of the neurobiology of brain ageing and may lead to discovery of a LC/MS based metabolomic biomarker and the development of agmatine-based therapeutics for cognitive decline during ageing and in Alzheimer's disease.

Publications

Zhang, J., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2021). Effects of sex and estrous cycle on the brain and plasma arginine metabolic profile in rats. Amino Acids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00726-021-03040-5

Vemula, P. K., Jing, Y., Cicolini, J., Zhang, H., Mockett, B. G., Abraham, W. C., & Liu, P. (2020). Altered brain arginine metabolism with age in the APPswe/PSEN1dE9 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurochemistry International, 140, 104798. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2020.104798

Feng, F., Fawcett, J. P., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2020). Cell-based, animal and H1 receptor binding studies relative to the sedative effects of ketotifen and norketotifen atropisomers. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, 72, 507-518. doi: 10.1111/jphp.13220

Bergin, D. H., Jing, Y., Williams, G., Mockett, B. G., Zhang, H., Abraham, W. C., & Liu, P. (2019). Safety and neurochemical profiles of acute and sub-chronic oral treatment with agmatine sulfate. Scientific Reports, 9, 12669. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49078-0

Hariharan, A., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2019). Altered neurovascular coupling and brain arginine metabolism in endothelial nitric oxide synthase deficient mice. Nitric Oxide, 87, 60-72. doi: 10.1016/j.niox.2019.03.006

Zhang, J., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2021). Effects of sex and estrous cycle on the brain and plasma arginine metabolic profile in rats. Amino Acids. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00726-021-03040-5

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Feng, F., Fawcett, J. P., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2020). Cell-based, animal and H1 receptor binding studies relative to the sedative effects of ketotifen and norketotifen atropisomers. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, 72, 507-518. doi: 10.1111/jphp.13220

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Vemula, P. K., Jing, Y., Cicolini, J., Zhang, H., Mockett, B. G., Abraham, W. C., & Liu, P. (2020). Altered brain arginine metabolism with age in the APPswe/PSEN1dE9 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurochemistry International, 140, 104798. doi: 10.1016/j.neuint.2020.104798

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Bergin, D. H., Jing, Y., Williams, G., Mockett, B. G., Zhang, H., Abraham, W. C., & Liu, P. (2019). Safety and neurochemical profiles of acute and sub-chronic oral treatment with agmatine sulfate. Scientific Reports, 9, 12669. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-49078-0

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Hariharan, A., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2019). Altered neurovascular coupling and brain arginine metabolism in endothelial nitric oxide synthase deficient mice. Nitric Oxide, 87, 60-72. doi: 10.1016/j.niox.2019.03.006

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Vemula, P., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., Hunt, Jr, J. B., Sandusky-Beltran, L. A., Lee, D. C., & Liu, P. (2019). Altered brain arginine metabolism in a mouse model of tauopathy. Amino Acids, 51, 513-528. doi: 10.1007/s00726-018-02687-x

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Zhang, J., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., Bilkey, D. K., & Liu, P. (2019). Maternal immune activation altered microglial immunoreactivity in the brain of postnatal day 2 rat offspring. Synapse, 73, e22072. doi: 10.1002/syn.22072

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Bergin, D. H., Jing, Y., Mockett, B. G., Zhang, H., Abraham, W. C., & Liu, P. (2018). Altered plasma arginine metabolome precedes behavioural and brain arginine metabolomic profile changes in the APPswe/PS1ΔE9 mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. Translational Psychiatry, 8, 108. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0149-z

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Zhang, J., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., Bilkey, D. K., & Liu, P. (2018). Effects of maternal immune activation on brain arginine metabolism of postnatal day 2 rat offspring. Schizophrenia Research, 192, 431-441. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.05.016

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Zhang, J., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., Bilkey, D. K., & Liu, P. (2018). Maternal immune activation leads to increased nNOS immunoreactivity in the brain of postnatal day 2 rat offspring. Synapse, 72(1), e22011. doi: 10.1002/syn.22011

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Knox, L. T., Jing, Y., Bawazier-Edgecombe, J., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2017). Effects of withdrawal from repeated phencyclidine administration on behavioural function and brain arginine metabolism in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, 153, 45-59. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2016.12.006

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Liu, P., Gupta, N., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Smith, P. F. (2017). Further studies of the effects of aging on arginine metabolites in the rat vestibular nucleus and cerebellum. Neuroscience, 348, 273-287. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.02.033

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Mazlan, M., Hamizah, H. S., Taridi, N. M., Jing, Y., Liu, P., Zhang, H., … Damanhuri, H. A. (2017). Effects of aging and tocotrienol-rich fraction supplementation on brain arginine metabolism in rats. Oxidative Medicine & Cellular Longevity, 2017, 6019796. doi: 10.1155/2017/6019796

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Liu, P., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Dean, B., Bilkey, D. K., & Zhang, H. (2016). Altered brain arginine metabolism in schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry, 6, e871. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.144

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Bergin, D. H., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2015). A single intracerebroventricular Aβ25-35 infusion leads to prolonged alterations in arginine metabolism in the rat hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Neuroscience, 298, 367-379. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.04.034

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Knox, L. T., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2014). Effects of acute phencyclidine administration on arginine metabolism in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in rats. Neuropharmacology, 81, 195-205. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2014.02.004

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Liu, P., Fleete, M. S., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Curtis, M. A., Waldvogel, H. J., … Abraham, W. C., & Zhang, H. (2014). Altered arginine metabolism in Alzheimer’s disease brains. Neurobiology of Aging, 35(9), 1992-2003. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.03.013

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Jing, Y., Fleete, M. S., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2013). Regional variations and age-related changes in arginine metabolism in the rat brain stem and spinal cord. Neuroscience, 252, 98-108. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.08.002

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Jing, Y., Zhang, H., Wolff, A. R., Bilkey, D. K., & Liu, P. (2013). Altered arginine metabolism in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of maternal immune activation rat offspring. Schizophrenia Research, 148(1-3), 151-156. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2013.06.001

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Nayak, P. K., Zhang, H., & Kerr, D. S. (2013). Determination of 1-(4’-aminophenyl)-4-methyl-7,8-methylene-dioxy-2,3-benzodiazepine by high-performance liquid chromatography—diode array detection in plasma and brain in healthy and hypoxic–ischaemic rats. Neuroscience, 232, 139-150. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.12.001

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Rushaidhi, M., Jing, Y., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2013). Participation of hippocampal agmatine in spatial learning: An in vivo microdialysis study. Neuropharmacology, 65, 200-205. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2012.10.007

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Rushaidhi, M., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2013). Effects of prolonged agmatine treatment in aged male Sprague-Dawley rats. Neuroscience, 234, 116-124. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.01.004

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Yang, L., Fawcett, J. P., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2013). Effect of 12-oxochenodeoxycholate on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of morphine 6-glucuronide in Wistar rats. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, 65(4), 561-566. doi: 10.1111/jphp.12020

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Chen, G., Yang, L., Zhang, H., Tucker, I. G., & Fawcett, J. P. (2012). Effect of ketocholate derivatives on methotrexate uptake in Caco-2 cell monolayers. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 433, 89-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2012.04.077

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Gupta, N., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2012). Ageing alters behavioural function and brain arginine metabolism in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Neuroscience, 226, 178-196. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.09.013

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Gupta, N., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2012). Chronic difluoromethylornithine treatment impairs spatial learning and memory in rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, 100(3), 464-473. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2011.10.011

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Lee, H. J., Zhang, H., Orlovich, D. A., & Fawcett, J. P. (2012). The influence of probiotic treatment on sulfasalazine metabolism in rat. Xenobiotica, 42(8), 791-797. doi: 10.3109/00498254.2012.660508

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Rushaidhi, M., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2012). Agmatine selectively improves behavioural function in aged male Sprague-Dawley rats. Neuroscience, 218(30), 206-215. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.05.015

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Rushaidhi, M., Jing, Y., Kennard, J. T., Collie, N. D., Williams, J. M., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2012). Aging affects L-arginine and its metabolites in memory-associated brain structures at the tissue and synaptoneurosome levels. Neuroscience, 209, 21-31. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.02.021

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Yang, L., Fawcett, J. P., Østergaard, J., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2012). Mechanistic studies of the effect of bile salts on rhodamine 123 uptake into RBE4 cells. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 9(1), 29-36. doi: 10.1021/mp200201y

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Knox, L. T., Jing, Y., Fleete, M. S., Collie, N. D., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2011). Scopolamine impairs behavioural function and arginine metabolism in the rat dentate gyrus. Neuropharmacology, 61(8), 1452-1462. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.08.042

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Liu, P., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Campbell, S. A., & Zhang, H. (2011). Pre-aggregated Aβ25-35 alters arginine metabolism in the rat hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Neuroscience, 193, 269-282. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2011.07.054

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Yang, L., Zhang, H., Fawcett, J. P., Mikov, M., & Tucker, I. G. (2011). Effect of bile salts on the transport of morphine-6-glucuronide in rat brain endothelial cells. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 100(4), 1516-1524. doi: 10.1002/jps.22390

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Li, Y., Zhang, H., Fawcett, J. P., & Tucker, I. G. (2010). Effect of cyclosporin A on the pharmacokinetics of mitoquinone (MitoQ10), a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, in rat. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5(3), 106-113.

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Liu, P., Zhang, H., Devaraj, R., Ganesalingam, G., & Smith, P. F. (2010). A multivariate analysis of the effects of aging on glutamate, GABA and arginine metabolites in the rat vestibular nucleus. Hearing Research, 269(1-2), 122-133. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2010.06.019

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Gupta, N., Zhang, H., & Liu, P. (2009). Behavioral and neurochemical effects of acute putrescine depletion by difluoromethylornithine in rats. Neuroscience, 161(3), 691-706. doi: 10.1016/j.nueroscience.2009.03.075

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Liu, P., Jing, Y., & Zhang, H. (2009). Age-related changes in arginine and its metabolites in memory-associated brain structures. Neuroscience, 164(2), 611-628. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2009.08.029

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Liu, P., Jing, Y., Collie, N. D., Chary, S., & Zhang, H. (2009). Memory-related changes in L-citrulline and agmatine in the rat brain. Hippocampus, 19(7), 597-602. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20561

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Yang, L., Zhang, H., Mikov, M., & Tucker, I. G. (2009). Physicochemical and biological characterization of monoketocholic acid, a novel permeability enhancer. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 6(2), 448-456. doi: 10.1021/mp800143w

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Li, Y., Fawcett, J. P., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2008). Transport and metabolism of some cationic ubiquinone antioxidants (MitoQn) in Caco-2 cell monolayers. European Journal of Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics, 33(4), 199-204.

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Liu, P., Chary, S., Devaraj, R., Jing, Y., Darlington, C. L., Smith, P. F., Tucker, I. G., & Zhang, H. (2008). Effects of aging on agmatine levels in memory-associated brain structures. Hippocampus, 18, 853-856. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20448

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Liu, P., Collie, N. D., Chary, S., Jing, Y., & Zhang, H. (2008). Spatial learning results in elevated agmatine levels in the rat brain. Hippocampus, 18, 1094-1098. doi: 10.1002/hipo.20482

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Liu, P., Gupta, N., Jing, Y., & Zhang, H. (2008). Age-related changes in polyamines in memory-associated brain structures in rats. Neuroscience, 155, 789-796. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.06.033

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Liu, P., Rushaidhi, M., Collie, N. D., Leong, M.-T. T., & Zhang, H. (2008). Behavioral effects of intracerebroventricular microinfusion of agmatine in adult rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 122(3), 557-569. doi: 10.1037/0735-7044.122.3.557

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Li, Y., Fawcett, J. P., Zhang, H., & Tucker, I. G. (2007). Transport and metabolism of MitoQ10, a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, in Caco-2 cell monolayers. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, 59, 503-511.

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Li, Y., Zhang, H., Fawcett, J. P., & Tucker, I. G. (2007). Quantitation and metabolism of mitoquinone, a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, in rat by liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 21, 1958-1964.

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McLeod, B. J., Zhang, H., Huang, L., Thompson, E. G., Butt, A. G., & Tucker, I. G. (2005). An in situ single-pass perfusion model for assessing absorption across the intestinal mucosa of the brushtail possum. New Zealand Veterinary Journal, 53(4), 234-241.

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Pukrittayakamee, S., Pitisuttithum, P., Zhang, H., Jantra, A., Wanwimolruk, S., & White, N. J. (2002). Effects of cigarette smoking on quinine pharmacokinetics in malaria. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 58, 315-319.

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Zhang, H., Wanwimolruk, S., Coville, P., Schofield, J. C., Williams, G., Haines, S. R., & Suttie, J. M. (2000). Toxicological evaluation of New Zealand deer velvet powder. Part 1: Acute and subchronic oral toxicity studies in rats. Food & Chemical Toxicology, 38, 985-990.

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Zhang, H., Wong, P., Coville, P., & Wanwimolruk, S. (2000). Effect of the grapefruit flavonoid naringin on pharmacokinetics of quinine in rats. Drug Metabolism & Drug Interactions, 17(1-4), 351-363.

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Wanwimolruk, S., Zhang, H., Coville, P., Saville, D. J., & Davis, L. S. (1999). In vitro hepatic metabolism of a CYP3A-mediated drug, quinine, in Adélie penguins. Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part C, 124(3), 301-307.

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Zhang, H., Ramsay, N., Coville, P., & Wanwimolruk, S. (1999). Effects of erythromycin, rifampicin and isoniazid on the pharmacokinetics of quinine in rats. Pharmacy & Pharmacology Communications, 5, 467-472.

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Zhang, H., Coville, P., Walker, R. J., Miners, J. O., Birkett, D. J., & Wanwimolruk, S. (1997). Evidence for involvement of human CYP3A in the 3-hydroxylation of quinine. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 43(3), 245-252.

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Wanwimolruk, S., Wong, S. M., Zhang, H., & Coville, P. (1996). Simultaneous determination of quinine and a major metabolite 3-hydroxyquinine in biological fluids by HPLC without extraction. Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies, 19, 293-305.

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Wanwimolruk, S., Wong, S. M., Zhang, H., Coville, P., & Walker, R. J. (1995). Metabolism of quinine in man: identification fo a major metabolite, and effects of smoking and rifampicin pretreatment. Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, 47, 957-963.

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