TitledSTIM- and Ral/Exocyst-Mediated Synaptic Release from Pupal Dopaminergic Neurons Sustains Flight.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRichhariya S, Jayakumar S, Sukumar SKumar, Hasan G
Date Published2018 May-Jun

Manifestation of appropriate behavior in adult animals requires developmental mechanisms that help in the formation of correctly wired neural circuits. Flight circuit development in requires store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) through the STIM/Orai pathway. SOCE-associated flight deficits in adult derive extensively from regulation of gene expression in pupal neurons, and one such SOCE-regulated gene encodes the small GTPase . The cellular mechanism by which Ral helps in maturation of the flight circuit was not understood. Here, we show that knockdown of components of a Ral effector, the exocyst complex, in pupal neurons also leads to reduced flight bout durations, and this phenotype derives primarily from dopaminergic neurons. Importantly, synaptic release from pupal dopaminergic neurons is abrogated upon knockdown of dSTIM, Ral, or exocyst components. overexpression restores the diminished synaptic release of knockdown neurons as well as flight deficits associated with knockdown in dopaminergic neurons. These results identify Ral-mediated vesicular release as an effector mechanism of neuronal SOCE in pupal dopaminergic neurons with functional consequences on flight behavior.

Alternate JournaleNeuro
PubMed ID29938216
PubMed Central IDPMC6011419