Inhibition (using Hsap\KCNJ2IVS.10xUAS.EGFP) of Scer\GAL4Gr5a.8.5 cells in adult females results in a significant increase in preference for softer 100 mM sucrose-containing, but not plain, agarose for egg laying, compared to controls.
Inhibition (using Hsap\KCNJ2UAS.EGFP) of Scer\GAL4Gr5a.8.5 neurons in adults does not affect wind-induced suppression of locomotion or basal walking speed, compared to controls.
Inhibition (using Hsap\KCNJ2UAS.EGFP) of Scer\GAL4Gr5a.8.5 cells in adults does not significantly affect preference for sucrose, compared to controls; there is a significant reduction in proboscis extension reflex probability in response to labellar, but not tarsal, sucrose, but no significant effect on short term appetitive (sucrose) or aversive olfactory memory, compared to controls; unlike controls, there is no significant sugar-induced suppression of angular or linear velocity. When inhibition is restricted to a smaller set of cells (using Scer\FLP1FLPo.oc.Tag:NLS(SV40-largeT) and Scer\GAL80αTub84B.PG) significant sugar-induced suppression of angular and linear velocity is seen, similar to controls.
Ablation of Scer\GAL4Gr5a.8.5-expressing neurons does not affect sensitivity to the gustatory sex pheromone (S,Z,Z)-CH503: as in wild type, courtship defects are seen in these flies in response to (S,Z,Z)-CH503.
Inhibition (using Ork1Δ-C.UAS.EGFP) of Scer\GAL4Gr5a.8.5 cells in adults given a choice between sucrose solution and water does not affect water or sucrose consumption, compared to controls.