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Neuron. 2012 Mar 8;73(5):941-50. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2011.12.032.

Dopaminergic modulation of sucrose acceptance behavior in Drosophila.

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  • 1Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, 16 Barker Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.

Abstract

For an animal to survive in a constantly changing environment, its behavior must be shaped by the complex milieu of sensory stimuli it detects, its previous experience, and its internal state. Although taste behaviors in the fly are relatively simple, with sugars eliciting acceptance behavior and bitter compounds avoidance, these behaviors are also plastic and are modified by intrinsic and extrinsic cues, such as hunger and sensory stimuli. Here, we show that dopamine modulates a simple taste behavior, proboscis extension to sucrose. Conditional silencing of dopaminergic neurons reduces proboscis extension probability, and increased activation of dopaminergic neurons increases extension to sucrose, but not to bitter compounds or water. One dopaminergic neuron with extensive branching in the primary taste relay, the subesophageal ganglion, triggers proboscis extension, and its activity is altered by satiety state. These studies demonstrate the marked specificity of dopamine signaling and provide a foundation to examine neural mechanisms of feeding modulation in the fly.

PMID:
22405204
PMCID:
PMC3310174
DOI:
10.1016/j.neuron.2011.12.032
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