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Serotonin and insulin-like peptides modulate leucokinin-producing neurons that affect feeding and water homeostasis in Drosophila
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3552-5347
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9190-6873
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1147-7766
2015 (English)In: Journal of Comparative Neurology, ISSN 0021-9967, E-ISSN 1096-9861, Vol. 523, no 12, 1840-1863 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Metabolic homeostasis and water balance is maintained by tight hormonal and neuronal regulation. In Drosophila, insulin-like peptides (DILPs) are key regulators of metabolism, and the neuropeptide leucokinin (LK) is a diuretic hormone that also modulates feeding. However, it is not known whether LK and DILPs act together to regulate feeding and water homeostasis. Because LK neurons express the insulin receptor (dInR), we tested functional links between DILP and LK signaling in feeding and water balance. Thus, we performed constitutive and conditional manipulations of activity in LK neurons and insulin-producing cells (IPCs) in adult flies and monitored food intake, responses to desiccation, and peptide expression levels. We also measured in vivo changes in LK and DILP levels in neurons in response to desiccation and drinking. Our data show that activated LK cells stimulate diuresis in vivo, and that LK and IPC signaling affect food intake in opposite directions. Overexpression of the dInR in LK neurons decreases the LK peptide levels, but only caused a subtle decrease in feeding, and had no effect on water balance. Next we demonstrated that LK neurons express the serotonin receptor 5-HT1B. Knockdown of this receptor in LK neurons diminished LK expression, increased desiccation resistance, and diminished food intake. Live calcium imaging indicates that serotonin inhibits spontaneous activity in abdominal LK neurons. Our results suggest that serotonin via 5-HT1B diminishes activity in the LK neurons and thereby modulates functions regulated by LK peptide, but the action of the dInR in these neurons remains less clear.

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2015. Vol. 523, no 12, 1840-1863 p.
Keyword [en]
neuropeptides, neuromodulation, insulin receptor, serotonin receptor, calcium imaging, RRID: AB_2341169, RRID: AB_221570, RRID: AB_221568
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Biological Sciences
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Functional Zoomorphology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114779DOI: 10.1002/cne.23768ISI: 000356349800007OAI: diva2:794034
Available from: 2015-03-10 Created: 2015-03-10 Last updated: 2016-01-04Bibliographically approved

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