Ade2 functions in the Drosophila fat body to promote sleep Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • AbstractMetabolic state is a potent modulator of sleep and circadian behavior and animals acutely modulate their sleep in accordance with internal energy stores and food availability. Across phyla, hormones secreted from adipose tissue act in the brain to control neural physiology and behavior to modulate sleep and metabolic state. Growing evidence suggests the fat body is a critical regulator of complex behaviors, but little is known about the genes that function within the fat body to regulate sleep. To identify molecular factors functioning in the periphery to regulate sleep, we performed an RNAi screen selectively knocking down genes in the fat body. We found that knockdown ofPhosphoribosylformylglycinamidine synthase/Pfas(Ade2), a highly conserved gene involved the biosynthesis of purines, reduces sleep and energy stores. Flies heterozygous for multipleAde2mutations are also short sleepers and this effect is partially rescued by restoringAde2to the fat body. Targeted knockdown ofAde2in the fat body does not alter arousal threshold or the homeostatic response to sleep deprivation, suggesting a specific role in modulating baseline sleep duration. Together, these findings suggestAde2functions within the fat body to promote both sleep and energy storage, providing a functional link between these processes.

altmetric score

  • 8.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Yurgel, M. E., Shah, K. D., Brown, E. B., Bennick, R. A., DiAngelo, J. R., & Keene, A. C.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Yurgel, Maria E||Shah, Kreesha D||Brown, Elizabeth B||Bennick, Ryan A||DiAngelo, Justin R||Keene, Alex C

Book Title

  • bioRxiv

publication date

  • July 2018