The narrow abdomen ion channel complex is highly stable and persists from development into adult stages to promote behavioral rhythmicity

Devon L. Moose, Stephanie J. Haase, Benjamin T. Aldrich, Bridget C. Lear*

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Abstract

The sodium leak channel NARROW ABDOMEN (NA)/ NALCN is an important component of circadian pacemaker neuronal output. In Drosophila, rhythmic expression of the NA channel regulator Nlf-1 in a subset of adult pacemaker neurons has been proposed to contribute to circadian regulation of channel localization or activity. Here we have restricted expression of Drosophila NA channel subunits or the Nlf-1 regulator to either development or adulthood using the temperature-inducible tubulin-GAL80ts system. Surprisingly, we find that developmental expression of endogenous channel subunits and Nlf-1 is sufficient to promote robust rhythmic behavior in adults. Moreover, we find that channel complex proteins produced during development persist in the Drosophila head with little decay for at least 5–7 days in adults. In contrast, restricting either endogenous or transgenic gene expression to adult stages produces only limited amounts of the functional channel complex. These data indicate that much of the NA channel complex that functions in adult circadian neurons is normally produced during development, and that the channel complex is very stable in most neurons in the Drosophila brain. Based on these findings, we propose that circadian regulation of NA channel function in adult pacemaker neurons is mediated primarily by post-translational mechanisms that are independent of Nlf-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number159
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2017

Keywords

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Drosophila melanogaster
  • Ion channel
  • NALCN
  • Narrow abdomen
  • Nlf-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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