A screen for sleep and starvation resistance identifies a wake-promoting role for the auxiliary channel unc79 Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • AbstractThe regulation of sleep and metabolism are highly interconnected, and dysregulation of sleep is linked to metabolic diseases that include obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Further, both acute and long-term changes in diet potently impact sleep duration and quality. To identify novel factors that modulate interactions between sleep and metabolic state, we performed a genetic screen for their roles in regulating sleep duration, starvation resistance, and starvation-dependent modulation of sleep. This screen identified a number of genes with potential roles in regulating sleep, metabolism or both processes. One such gene encodes the auxiliary ion channel UNC79, which was implicated in both the regulation of sleep and starvation resistance. Genetic knockdown or mutation ofunc79results in flies with increased sleep duration, as well as increased starvation resistance. Previous findings have shown thatunc79is required in pacemaker for 24-hour circadian rhythms. Here, we find thatunc79functions in the mushroom body, but not pacemaker neurons, to regulate sleep duration and starvation resistance. Together, these findings reveal spatially localized separable functions ofunc79in the regulation of circadian behavior, sleep, and metabolic function.

altmetric score

  • 7.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Murakami, K., Palermo, J., Stanhope, B. A., & Keene, A. C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Murakami, Kazuma||Palermo, Justin||Stanhope, Bethany A||Keene, Alex C

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • February 2021