The Drosophila female aphrodisiac pheromone activates ppk23+ sensory neurons to elicit male courtship behavior

Toda, Hirofumi, Zhao, Xiaoliang and Dickson, Barry J. (2012) The Drosophila female aphrodisiac pheromone activates ppk23+ sensory neurons to elicit male courtship behavior. Cell Reports, 1 6: 599-607. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2012.05.007


Author Toda, Hirofumi
Zhao, Xiaoliang
Dickson, Barry J.
Title The Drosophila female aphrodisiac pheromone activates ppk23+ sensory neurons to elicit male courtship behavior
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The Drosophila female aphrodisiac pheromone activates ppk23+ sensory neurons to elicit male courtship behavior
Journal name Cell Reports   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2211-1247
Publication date 2012-06-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.celrep.2012.05.007
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 1
Issue 6
Start page 599
End page 607
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Females of many animal species emit chemical signals that attract and arouse males for mating. For example, the major aphrodisiac pheromone of Drosophila melanogaster females, 7,11-heptacosadiene (7,11-HD), is a potent inducer of male-specific courtship and copulatory behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that a set of gustatory sensory neurons on the male foreleg, defined by expression of the ppk23 marker, respond to 7,11-HD. Activity of these neurons is required for males to robustly court females or to court males perfumed with 7,11-HD. Artificial activation of these ppk23+ neurons stimulates male-male courtship even without 7,11-HD perfuming. These data identify the ppk23+ sensory neurons as the primary targets for female sex pheromones in Drosophila.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Queensland Brain Institute Publications
 
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