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School of Health Sciences Personnel - Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng, Ph.D.
Head, School of Health Sciences
Professor of Health Sciences and Toxicology
Phone: 765-496-6447
Fax: 765-496-1377
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B.S. Pharmacy, Zhejiang University College of Pharmacy, Hangzhou, PRC
M.S. Pharmacology, Zhejiang University College of Pharmacy, Hangzhou, PRC
Ph.D. Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Research: Brain Barriers and Neurotoxicology, and the role of metals in neurodegenerative diseases

  • Toxicology of blood-brain barrier and blood-CSF barrier
  • Neurotoxicology of heavy metals such as lead, manganese, iron, aluminum, and mercury: transport, homeostasis in the CNS, and molecular mechanisms.
  • Roles of brain barriers in etiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's syndrome and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Transport of substances by the blood-CSF barrier in the choroid plexus.
  • In vitro model of blood-brain/CSF barrier.

Representative Publications

Zheng, W, Aschner, M, Ghersi-Egea J, (2003). Brain barrier systems: a new frontier in metal neurotoxicological research. Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 192, 1-11.
Zheng, W, Deane, R, Redzic, Z, Preston, JE, and Segal, MB (2003). Transport of L-[125I]Thyroxine by in-situ perfused ovine choroid plexus: Inhibition by Lead Exposure. J. Toxicol. Env. Health. 66, 435-451.
Zheng, W, and Zhao, Q (2002). Establishment and characterization of an immortalized Z310 choroidal epithelial cell line from murine choroid plexus. Brain Res. 958, 371-380.
Louis, ED, Zheng, W, Jurewicz, EC, Watner, D, Chen, J, Factor-Litvak, P, and Parides, M (2002). Elevation of blood beta-carboline alkaloids in essential tremor. Neurology 59, 1940-1944.
Zheng, W, and Zhao, Q (2002). Blood-CSF barrier in culture: Development of primary culture and transepithelial transport model from choroidal epithelial cells. Methods Mol. Biol. 188, 99-114.
Zheng, W (2002). Blood-brain barrier and blood-CSF barrier in metal-induced neurotoxicities. In: Handbook of Neurotoxicology, E. J. Massaro, Ed. Vol. 1. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, pp.161-193.
Zheng, W (2001). Neurotoxicology of the brain barrier system: New implications. J. Toxicol. � Clin. Toxicol. 39, 711-719.
Chen, JY, Tsao, G, and Zhao, Q, and Zheng, W (2001). Differential cytotoxicity of Mn(II) and Mn(III): special reference to mitochondrial [Fe-S] containing enzymes. Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 175, 160-168.
Guan, Y, Louis, ED, and Zheng, W (2001) Toxicokinetics of tremorogenic natural products, harmane and harmine in male Sprague-Dawley rats. J. Toxicol. Env. Health 64, 645-660.
Zheng, W, and Zhao, Q (2001). Iron overload following manganese exposure in cultured neuronal, but not neuroglial cells. Brain Res. 897, 175-179.

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