RRC ID 54454
Author Ravi P, Trivedi D, Hasan G.
Title FMRFa receptor stimulated Ca2+ signals alter the activity of flight modulating central dopaminergic neurons in Drosophila melanogaster.
Journal PLoS Genet.
Abstract Neuropeptide signaling influences animal behavior by modulating neuronal activity and thus altering circuit dynamics. Insect flight is a key innate behavior that very likely requires robust neuromodulation. Cellular and molecular components that help modulate flight behavior are therefore of interest and require investigation. In a genetic RNAi screen for G-protein coupled receptors that regulate flight bout durations, we earlier identified several receptors, including the receptor for the neuropeptide FMRFa (FMRFaR). To further investigate modulation of insect flight by FMRFa we generated CRISPR-Cas9 mutants in the gene encoding the Drosophila FMRFaR. The mutants exhibit significant flight deficits with a focus in dopaminergic cells. Expression of a receptor specific RNAi in adult central dopaminergic neurons resulted in progressive loss of sustained flight. Further, genetic and cellular assays demonstrated that FMRFaR stimulates intracellular calcium signaling through the IP3R and helps maintain neuronal excitability in a subset of dopaminergic neurons for positive modulation of flight bout durations.
Volume 14(8)
Pages e1007459
Published 2018-8
DOI 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007459
PMID 30110323
PMC PMC6110513
MeSH Animals CRISPR-Cas Systems Calcium Signaling* Dopaminergic Neurons / physiology* Drosophila Proteins / genetics Drosophila Proteins / physiology* Drosophila melanogaster / genetics Drosophila melanogaster / physiology* Flight, Animal / physiology* Gene Expression Regulation Male Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide / genetics Receptors, Invertebrate Peptide / physiology*
IF 5.54
Drosophila 1063R-2