Control of feeding by Piezo-mediated gut mechanosensation in Drosophila
Across animal species, meals are terminated after ingestion of large food volumes, yet underlying mechanosensory receptors have so far remained elusive. Here, we identify an essential role for Drosophila Piezo in volume-based control of meal size. We discover a rare population of fly neurons that express Piezo, innervate the anterior gut and crop (a food reservoir organ), and respond to tissue distension in a Piezo-dependent manner. Activating Piezo neurons decreases appetite, while Piezo knockout and Piezo neuron silencing cause gut bloating and increase both food consumption and body weight. These studies reveal that disrupting gut distension receptors changes feeding patterns, and identify a key role for Drosophila Piezo in internal organ mechanosensation.
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American Heart Association (20POST35210914)
- Soohong Min
National Institutes of Health (NS090994)
- David Van Vactor
National Institutes of Health (RO1DK116294)
- Greg SB Suh
National Institutes of Health (RO1DK106636)
- Greg SB Suh
Samsung Science and Technology Foundation (SSTF-BA-1802-11)
- Greg SB Suh
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Stephen Liberles
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
- Claude Desplan, New York University, United States
- Received: September 11, 2020
- Accepted: February 16, 2021
- Accepted Manuscript published: February 18, 2021 (version 1)
- Version of Record published: March 1, 2021 (version 2)
© 2021, Min et al.
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