What is it about?
This study identifies a gene in fruit flies called Dstac that regulates the release of neuropeptides at synapses by neurons in the fruit fly nervous system.
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Why is it important?
Neuropeptides are important regulators of neural circuits that control complex behavior such as aggression and social behaviors in animals. How the release of neuropeptides is controlled is not well understood. Genes that are similar to Dstac are active in neurons of the vertebrate brain suggesting that these genes may also regulate release of neuropeptides in the vertebrate brain.
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This page is a summary of: Stac protein regulates release of neuropeptides, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, November 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2009224117.
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