RRC ID 36243
Author Bai L, Sehgal A.
Title Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Acts in the Drosophila Mushroom Body to Negatively Regulate Sleep.
Journal PLoS Genet
Abstract Though evidence is mounting that a major function of sleep is to maintain brain plasticity and consolidate memory, little is known about the molecular pathways by which learning and sleep processes intercept. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (Alk), the gene encoding a tyrosine receptor kinase whose inadvertent activation is the cause of many cancers, is implicated in synapse formation and cognitive functions. In particular, Alk genetically interacts with Neurofibromatosis 1 (Nf1) to regulate growth and associative learning in flies. We show that Alk mutants have increased sleep. Using a targeted RNAi screen we localized the negative effects of Alk on sleep to the mushroom body, a structure important for both sleep and memory. We also report that mutations in Nf1 produce a sexually dimorphic short sleep phenotype, and suppress the long sleep phenotype of Alk. Thus Alk and Nf1 interact in both learning and sleep regulation, highlighting a common pathway in these two processes.
Volume 11(11)
Pages e1005611
Published 2015-11-1
DOI 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005611
PMID 26536237
PMC PMC4633181
MeSH Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Animals Drosophila / physiology* Mushroom Bodies / enzymology* Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism* Sleep / physiology*
IF 5.175
Times Cited 10
Drosophila NP1131-GAL4 (DGRC#103898) NP1004-GAL4 (DGRC#112440) and NP2024-GAL4 (DGRC#112749)