Laboratory of
Neural Basis of Innate Behaviors
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1.Gao, Z., Chen, W., Liu, M., Chen, X., Wan, L., Zhang, X., Yuan, L., Lin, J., Wang, M., Zhou, L., Xu, X., Sun, Y.* (2019) Tac1-Expressing Neurons in the Periaqueductal Gray Facilitate the Itch-Scratching Cycle via Descending Regulation. Neuron 101:45-59.
2.Li, X., Han, Y., Zhang, W., Wang, S., Wei, Y., Li, S., Lin, J., Yan, J., Chen, A., Zhang, X., Zhao, Z., Shen,  W. and Xu, X.*(2018) Agrp neurons project to the medial preoptic area and modulate maternal nest-building. J. Neurosci. 39:456-471.
3.Yao, J., Zhang, Q., Liao, X., Li, Q., Liang, S., Li, X., Zhang, Y., Li, X., Wang, H., Qin, H., Wang, M., Li, J., Zhang, J., He, W., Zhang, W., Li, T., Xu, F., Gong, H., Jia, H., Xu, X.*, Yan, J. *, Chen, X. * (2018) A corticopontine circuit for initiation of urination. Nat. Neurosci. 21:1541-1550
4.Wei, Y., Wang, S., Jiao, Z., Zhang, W., Lin, J., Li, X., Li, S., Zhang, X. & Xu, X.* (2018) Medial preoptic area in mice is capable of mediating sexually dimorphic behaviors regardless of gender. Nat. Commun. 9:279
5.Han, Y., Li, X., Wang, S., Wei, Y., and Xu, X.* (2017) Presence of pups suppresses hunger-induced feeding in virgin adult mice of both sexes. Neuroscience 362: 228-238.
6.Wei, Y., Wang, S., and Xu, X.* (2017) Sex differences in brain-derived neurotrophic factor signaling: Functions and implications. J. Neurosci. Res. 95: 336-344. (Review)
7.Zhao, Z., Yang, W., Gao, C., Fu, X., Zhang, W., Zhou, Q., Chen, W., Ni, X., Lin, J., Yang, J., Xu, X., Shen, W.(2017) A hypothalamic circuit that controls body temperature. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114:2042-2047
8.Xu.X.(2013)Modular genetic control of innate behaviors. Bioessays 35(5):421-4
9.Zha. X., Xu.X.(2015) Dissecting the hypothalamic pathways that underlie innate behaviors. Neurosci. Bull. 31: 629
10.Xu.X.,Coats,J.K.,Yang,C.F.,Wang,A.,Amhed,O.M.,Alvarado.M.,Izumi.T., and Shah.N.M.* (2012) Modular genetic control of sexually dimorphic behaviors. Cell 148(3):596-607
11.Tollkuhn.J.,Xu.X.,and Shah.N.M.* A custody battle for the mind:evidence for extensive imprinting in the brain (2010). Neuron 67(3):359-362
12.Xu.X.,Scott.M.,and Deneris.E.S.* Shared long-range regulatory elements coordinate expression of a gene cluster encoding nicotinic receptor heteromeric subtypes (2006). Molecular and Cellular Biology 26(15):5636-49
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