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ERIC Number: EJ1005319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Significance of the Centrally Expressed TRP Channel "Painless" in "Drosophila" Courtship Memory
Sakai, Takaomi; Sato, Shoma; Ishimoto, Hiroshi; Kitamoto, Toshihiro
Learning & Memory, v20 n1 p34-40 Jan 2013
Considerable evidence has demonstrated that transient receptor potential (TRP) channels play vital roles in sensory neurons, mediating responses to various environmental stimuli. In contrast, relatively little is known about how TRP channels exert their effects in the central nervous system to control complex behaviors. This is also true for the "Drosophila" TRP channel encoded by "painless" ("pain"). The Pain TRP channel is expressed in a subset of sensory neurons and involved in behavioral responses to thermal, chemical, and mechanical stimuli. Its physiological roles in brain neurons, however, remain largely elusive. Using multiple mutant alleles and tranformants for "pain," here we demonstrate that the brain-expressed Pain TRP channel is required for long-term memory (LTM), but not for short-lasting memory, induced by courtship conditioning in adult males. The courtship LTM phenotype in "pain" mutants was rescued by expressing wild-type "pain" temporarily, prior to conditioning, in adult flies. In addition, targeted expression of "pain"RNAi in either the mushroom bodies (MBs) or insulin-producing cells (IPCs) resulted in defective courtship LTM. These results indicate that the Pain TRP channels in the MBs and IPCs control neuronal plasticity that is required for the formation of a certain type of long-lasting associative memory in "Drosophila."
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Language: English
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