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Regulation of starvation-induced hyperactivity by insulin and glucagon signaling in adult Drosophila

  1. Yue Yu
  2. Rui Huang  Is a corresponding author
  3. Jie Ye
  4. Vivian Zhang
  5. Chao Wu
  6. Guo Cheng
  7. Junling Jia
  8. Liming Wang  Is a corresponding author
  1. Zhejiang University, China
  2. University of California, Berkeley, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2016;5:e15693 doi: 10.7554/eLife.15693

Abstract

Starvation induces sustained increase in locomotion, which facilitates food localization and acquisition and hence composes an important aspect of food-seeking behavior. We investigated how nutritional states modulated starvation-induced hyperactivity in adult Drosophila. The receptor of adipokinetic hormone (AKHR), the insect analog of glucagon, was required for starvation-induced hyperactivity. AKHR was expressed in a small group of octopaminergic neurons in the brain. Silencing AKHR+ neurons and blocking octopamine signaling in these neurons eliminated starvation-induced hyperactivity, whereas activation of these neurons accelerated the onset of hyperactivity upon starvation. Neither AKHR nor AKHR+ neurons were involved in increased food consumption upon starvation, suggesting that starvation-induced hyperactivity and food consumption are independently regulated. Single cell analysis of AKHR+ neurons identified the co-expression of Drosophila insulin-like receptor (dInR), which imposed suppressive effect on starvation-induced hyperactivity. Therefore, insulin and glucagon signaling exert opposite effects on starvation-induced hyperactivity via a common neural target in Drosophila.

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  1. Yue Yu

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  2. Rui Huang

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  3. Jie Ye

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  4. Vivian Zhang

    Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
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  5. Chao Wu

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  6. Guo Cheng

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  7. Junling Jia

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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  8. Liming Wang

    Life Sciences Institute, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
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    lmwang83@zju.edu.cn
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Thousand Young Talents Plan of China

  • Liming Wang

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31522026)

  • Liming Wang

Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (2016QN81010)

  • Liming Wang

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Mani Ramaswami, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Publication history

  1. Received: March 1, 2016
  2. Accepted: September 8, 2016
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: September 9, 2016 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 29, 2016 (version 2)

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© 2016, Yu et al.

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