Dopamine in Drosophila: setting arousal thresholds in a miniature brain.

@article{Swinderen2011DopamineID,
  title={Dopamine in Drosophila: setting arousal thresholds in a miniature brain.},
  author={Bruno van Swinderen and Rozi Andreti{\'c}},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={278 1707},
  pages={906-13}
}
In mammals, the neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) modulates a variety of behaviours, although DA function is mostly associated with motor control and reward. In insects such as the fruitfly, Drosophila melanogaster, DA also modulates a wide array of behaviours, ranging from sleep and locomotion to courtship and learning. How can a single molecule play so many different roles? Adaptive changes within the DA system, anatomical specificity of action and effects on a variety of behaviours highlight… CONTINUE READING

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