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A brain circuit that synchronizes growth and maturation revealed through Dilp8 binding to Lgr3

Science DOI: 10.1126/science.aac6767

Published Online October 1 2015

Vallejo DM., Juarez-Carreño S., Bolivar J., Morante J., Dominguez M.

Body size constancy and symmetry are signs of developmental stability. Yet, it is unclear exactly how developing animals buffer size variation. Drosophila insulin-like peptide Dilp8 is responsive to growth perturbations and controls homeostatic mechanisms that co-ordinately adjust growth and maturation to maintain size within the normal range. Here, we show that Lgr3 is a Dilp8 receptor. By functional and cAMP assays, we defined a pair of Lgr3 neurons mediating the homeostatic regulation. These neurons have extensive axonal arborizations, and genetic and GFP reconstitution across synaptic partners (GRASP) show these neurons connect with the insulin-producing cells and PTTH-producing neurons to attenuate growth and maturation. This previously unrecognized circuit suggests how growth and maturation rate are matched and co-regulated according to Dilp8 signals to stabilize organismal size.

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