The Royal Society

Supplementary material from "The serotonin circuit that coordinates germline proliferation and egg laying with other reproductive functions in Caenorhabditis elegans"

Posted on 2022-11-19 - 06:38
Behaviour and physiology are altered in reproducing animals, but neuronal circuits that regulate these changes remain largely unknown. Insights into mechanisms that regulate and possibly coordinate reproduction-related traits could be gleaned from the study of sex pheromones that can improve the reproductive success of potential mating partners. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the prominent male pheromone, ascr#10, modifies reproductive behaviour and several aspects of reproductive physiology in hermaphrodite recipients, including improving oocyte quality. Here we show that a circuit that contains serotonin-producing and serotonin-uptaking neurons plays a key role in mediating effects of ascr#10 on germline development and egg laying behaviour. We also demonstrate that increased serotonin signalling promotes proliferation of germline progenitors in adult hermaphrodites. Our results establish a role for serotonin in maintaining germline quality and highlight a simple neuronal circuit that acts as a linchpin that couples food intake, mating behaviour, reproductive output, and germline renewal and provisioning.


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