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Pitman, J.L., McGill, J.J., Keegan, K.P., Allada, R. (2006). A dynamic role for the mushroom bodies in promoting sleep in Drosophila.  Nature 441(7094): 753--756.
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The fruitfly, Drosophila melanogaster, exhibits many of the cardinal features of sleep, yet little is known about the neural circuits governing its sleep. Here we have performed a screen of GAL4 lines expressing a temperature-sensitive synaptic blocker shibire(ts1) (ref. 2) in a range of discrete neural circuits, and assayed the amount of sleep at different temperatures. We identified three short-sleep lines at the restrictive temperature with shared expression in the mushroom bodies, a neural locus central to learning and memory. Chemical ablation of the mushroom bodies also resulted in reduced sleep. These studies highlight a central role for the mushroom bodies in sleep regulation.

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    English
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    Nature
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    Nature
    Publication Year
    1869-
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    0028-0836
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