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Science. 1996 Dec 20;274(5295):2104-7.

Associative learning disrupted by impaired Gs signaling in Drosophila mushroom bodies.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, USA.


Disruptions in mushroom body (MB) or central complex (CC) brain structures impair Drosophila associative olfactory learning. Perturbations in adenosine 3',5' monophosphate signaling also disrupt learning. To integrate these observations, expression of a constitutively activated stimulatory heterotrimeric guanosine triphosphate-binding protein alpha subunit (Galphas*) was targeted to these brain structures. The ability to associate odors with electroshock was abolished when Galphas* was targeted to MB, but not CC, structures, whereas sensorimotor responses to these stimuli remained normal. Expression of Galphas* did not affect gross MB morphology, and wild-type Galphas expression did not affect learning. Thus, olfactory learning depends on regulated Gs signaling in Drosophila MBs.

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