NorpA and itpr mutants reveal roles for phospholipase C and inositol (1,4,5)- trisphosphate receptor in Drosophila melanogaster renal function

Pollock, Valerie P and Radford, Jonathan C and Pyne, Susan and Hasan, Gaiti and Dow, Julian A T and Davies, Shireen-A (2003) NorpA and itpr mutants reveal roles for phospholipase C and inositol (1,4,5)- trisphosphate receptor in Drosophila melanogaster renal function. Journal of Experimental Biology, 206 (5). pp. 901-911. ISSN 0022-0949

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Abstract

Mutants of norpA, encoding phospholipase C beta (PLC beta), and itpr, encoding inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate receptor (IP(3)R), both attenuate response to diuretic peptides of Drosophila melanogaster renal (Malpighian) tubules. Intact tubules from norpA mutants severely reduced diuresis stimulated by the principal cell- and stellate cell-specific neuropeptides, CAP(2b) and Drosophila leucokinin (Drosokinin), respectively, suggesting a role for PLC beta in both these cell types. Measurement of IP(3) production in wild-type tubules and in Drosokinin-receptor-transfected S2 cells stimulated with CAP(2b) and Drosokinin, respectively, confirmed that both neuropeptides elevate IP(3) levels. In itpr hypomorphs, basal IP(3) levels are lower, although CAP(2b)-stimulated IP(3) levels are not significantly reduced compared with wild type. However, CAP(2b)-stimulated fluid transport is significantly reduced in itpr alleles. Rescue of the itpr(90B.0) allele with wild-type itpr restores CAP(2b)-stimulated fluid transport levels to wild type. Drosokinin-stimulated fluid transport is also reduced in homozygous and heteroallelic itpr mutants. Measurements of cytosolic calcium levels in intact tubules of wild-type and itpr mutants using targeted expression of the calcium reporter, aequorin, show that mutations in itpr attenuated both CAP(2b)- and Drosokinin-stimulated calcium responses. The reductions in calcium signals are associated with corresponding reductions in fluid transport rates. Thus, we describe a role for norpA and itpr in renal epithelia and show that both CAP(2b) and Drosokinin are PLC beta-dependent, IP(3)-mobilising neuropeptides in Drosophila. IP(3)R contributes to the calcium signalling cascades initiated by these peptides in both principal and stellate cells.