Minibrain/Dyrk1a regulates food intake through the Sir2-FOXO-sNPF/NPY pathway in Drosophila and mammals

Aging Research Centre, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Daejeon, Korea.
PLoS Genetics (Impact Factor: 7.53). 08/2012; 8(8):e1002857. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002857
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Feeding behavior is one of the most essential activities in animals. Abnormal feeding behaviors cause metabolic syndromes including obesity and diabetes. Neuropeptides regulate feeding behavior in animals from nematode to human. Here, we presented molecular genetic evidences of how neuropeptides regulate food intake using fruit fly and mouse model systems. Drosophila short neuropetide F (sNPF) and the mammalian functional homolog neuropeptide Y (NPY) are produced from neurons in the brain of fruit fly and mouse, respectively. These neuropeptides turned on the minibrain, in mammals also called Dyrk1a, a target gene through the PKA-CREB pathway. Then, this Mnb/Dyrk1a enzyme activated Sir2/Sirt1 enzyme, which activated FOXO transcriptional factor, turning on the expression of a sNPF/NPY target gene. The increased sNPF/NPY increased food intake in fruit flies and mice. On the contrary, increased food intake induced insulin and activated insulin signaling. When insulin signaling is activated, FOXO transcriptional factor inhibited expression of a sNPF/NPY target gene. The inhibited sNPF/NPY reduced food intake. These findings indicate that FOXO transcription factor acts as a gatekeeper for fasting–feeding transition by regulating sNPF/NPY expression in Drosophila and mammals.

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