CORL expression and function in insulin producing neurons reversibly influences adult longevity in Drosophila

Nancy L. Tran, Samuel L. Goldsmith, Agapi Dimitriadou, Norma T. Takaesu, Christos Consoulas, Stuart Newfeld

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CORL proteins (known as SKOR in mice, Fussel in humans and fussel in Flybase) are a family of CNS specific proteins related to Sno/Ski oncogenes. Their developmental and adult roles are largely unknown. A Drosophila CORL (dCORL) reporter gene is expressed in all Drosophila insulin-like peptide 2 (dILP2) neurons of the pars intercerebralis (PI) of the larval and adult brain. The transcription factor Drifter is also expressed in the PI in a subset of dCORL and dILP2 expressing neurons and in several non-dILP2 neurons. dCORL mutant virgin adult brains are missing all dILP2 neurons that do not also express Drifter. This phenotype is also seen when expressing dCORL-RNAi in neurosecretory cells of the PI. dCORL mutant virgin adults of both sexes have a significantly shorter lifespan than their parental strain. This longevity defect is completely reversed by mating (lifespan increases over 50% for males and females). Analyses of dCORL mutant mated adult brains revealed a complete rescue of dILP2 neurons without Drifter. Taken together, the data suggest that dCORL participates in a neural network connecting the insulin signaling pathway, longevity and mating. The conserved sequence and CNS specificity of all CORL proteins imply that this network may be operating in mammals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2979-2990
Number of pages12
JournalG3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • DILP2
  • Drifter
  • Fussel/SKOR
  • Lifespan extension
  • Pars intercerebralis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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