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Toda, H., Zhao, X., Dickson, B.J. (2012). The Drosophila Female Aphrodisiac Pheromone Activates ppk23(+) Sensory Neurons to Elicit Male Courtship Behavior.  Cell Rep. 1(6): 599--607.
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Females of many animal species emit chemical signals that attract and arouse males for mating. For example, the major aphrodisiac pheromone of Drosophila melanogaster females, 7,11-heptacosadiene (7,11-HD), is a potent inducer of male-specific courtship and copulatory behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that a set of gustatory sensory neurons on the male foreleg, defined by expression of the ppk23 marker, respond to 7,11-HD. Activity of these neurons is required for males to robustly court females or to court males perfumed with 7,11-HD. Artificial activation of these ppk23(+) neurons stimulates male-male courtship even without 7,11-HD perfuming. These data identify the ppk23(+) sensory neurons as the primary targets for female sex pheromones in Drosophila.

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    English
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    Cell Rep.
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    Cell reports
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    2211-1247
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