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Input connectivity reveals additional heterogeneity of dopaminergic reinforcement in Drosophila

By Nils Otto, Markus William Pleijzier, Isabel C Morgan, Amelia J. Edmondson-Stait, Konrad J Heinz, Ildiko Stark, Georgia Dempsey, Masayoshi Ito, Ishaan Kapoor, Joseph Hsu, Philipp M Schlegel, Alexander S Bates, Feng Li, Marta Costa, Kei Ito, Davi D. Bock, Gerald M. Rubin, Gregory S. X. E. Jefferis, Scott Waddell

Posted 19 Feb 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.02.19.952648 (published DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.05.077)

Different types of Drosophila dopaminergic neurons (DANs) reinforce memories of unique valence and provide state-dependent motivational control [1]. Prior studies suggest that the compartment architecture of the mushroom body (MB) is the relevant resolution for distinct DAN functions [2, 3]. Here we used a recent electron microscope volume of the fly brain [4] to reconstruct the fine anatomy of individual DANs within three MB compartments. We find the 20 DANs of the γ5 compartment, at least some of which provide reward teaching signals, can be clustered into 5 anatomical subtypes that innervate different regions within γ5. Reconstructing 821 upstream neurons reveals input selectivity, supporting the functional relevance of DAN sub-classification. Only one PAM-γ5 DAN subtype (γ5fb) receives direct recurrent input from γ5β′2a mushroom body output neurons (MBONs) and behavioral experiments distinguish a role for these DANs in memory revaluation from those reinforcing sugar memory. Other DAN subtypes receive major, and potentially reinforcing, inputs from putative gustatory interneurons or lateral horn neurons, which can also relay indirect feedback from the MB. We similarly reconstructed the single aversively reinforcing PPL1-γ1pedc DAN. The γ1pedc DAN inputs are mostly different to those of γ5 DANs and are clustered onto distinct branches of its dendritic tree, presumably separating its established roles in aversive reinforcement and appetitive motivation [5, 6]. Tracing also identified neurons that provide broad input to γ5, β′2a and γ1pedc DANs suggesting that distributed DAN populations can be coordinately regulated. These connectomic and behavioral analyses therefore reveal further complexity of dopaminergic reinforcement circuits between and within MB compartments. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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