Repeated Failure in Reward Pursuit Alters Innate Drosophila Larval Behaviors.

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Animals always seek rewards and the related neural basis has been well studied. However, what happens when animals fail to get a reward is largely unknown, although this is commonly seen in behaviors such as predation. Here, we set up a behavioral model of repeated failure in reward pursuit (RFRP) in Drosophila larvae. In this model, the larvae were repeatedly prevented from reaching attractants such as yeast and butyl acetate, before finally abandoning further attempts. After giving up, they usually showed a decreased locomotor speed and impaired performance in light avoidance and sugar preference, which were named as phenotypes of RFRP states. In larvae that had developed RFRP phenotypes, the octopamine concentration was greatly elevated, while tβh mutants devoid of octopamine were less likely to develop RFRP phenotypes, and octopamine feeding efficiently restored such defects. By down-regulating tβh in different groups of neurons and imaging neuronal activity, neurons that regulated the development of RFRP states and the behavioral exhibition of RFRP phenotypes were mapped to a small subgroup of non-glutamatergic and glutamatergic octopaminergic neurons in the central larval brain. Our results establish a model for investigating the effect of depriving an expected reward in Drosophila and provide a simplified framework for the associated neural basis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fei, Y; Zhu, D; Sun, Y; Gong, C; Huang, S; Gong, Z

Published Date

  • December 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 901 - 911

PubMed ID

  • 29951979

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6246844

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1995-8218

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1673-7067

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12264-018-0248-0


  • eng