Inducing Sleep by Remote Control Facilitates Memory Consolidation in Drosophila


Sleep is believed to play an important role in memory consolidation. We induced sleep on demand by expressing the temperature-gated nonspecific cation channel Transient receptor potential cation channel (UAS-TrpA1) in neurons, including those with projections to the dorsal fan-shaped body (FB). When the temperature was raised to 31°C, flies entered a quiescent state that meets the criteria for identifying sleep. When sleep was induced for 4 hours after a massed-training protocol for courtship conditioning that is not capable of inducing long-term memory (LTM) by itself, flies develop an LTM. Activating the dorsal FB in the absence of sleep did not result in the formation of LTM after massed training.


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Galactosidase; Galactosidase 4; Transient Receptor Potential Channel; Unclassified Drug, Cation; Control System; Courtship; Fly; Learning; Memory; Neurology; Remote Sensing; Sleep; Temperature Effect, Animal Cell; Animal Experiment; Article; Brain Region; Drosophila; Locomotion; Long Term Memory; Memory Consolidation; Motor Activity; Nerve Cell; Nonhuman; Priority Journal; Protein Expression; Sleep Induction; Wakefulness, Animals; Conditioning (Psychology); Drosophila; Drosophila Proteins; Female; Memory, Long-Term; Models, Animal; Motor Activity; Neurons; Presynaptic Terminals; Sleep; Social Isolation; Temperature; Transcription Factors; Transient Receptor Potential Channels

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01 Jun 2011

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