Sima, a Drosophila homolog of HIF-1α, in fat body tissue inhibits larval body growth by inducing Tribbles gene expression

Koji Noguchi, Kyosuke Yokozeki, Yuko Tanaka, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Kazuki Nakajima, Takashi Nishimura, Nobuhito Goda*

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Limited oxygen availability impairs normal body growth, although the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In Drosophila, hypoxic responses in the larval fat body (FB) disturb the secretion of insulin-like peptides from the brain, inhibiting body growth. However, the cell-autonomous effects of hypoxia on the insulin-signaling pathway in larval FB have been underexplored. In this study, we aimed to examine the effects of overexpression of Sima, a Drosophila hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) α homolog and a key component of HIF-1 transcription factor essential for hypoxic adaptation, on the insulin-signaling pathway in larval FB. Forced expression of Sima in FB reduced the larval body growth with reduced Akt phosphorylation levels in FB cells and increased hemolymph sugar levels. Sima-mediated growth inhibition was reversed by overexpression of TOR or suppression of FOXO. After Sima overexpression, larvae showed higher expression levels of Tribbles, a negative regulator of Akt activity, and a simultaneous knockdown of Tribbles completely abolished the effects of Sima on larval body growth. Furthermore, a reporter analysis revealed Tribbles as a direct target gene of Sima. These results suggest that Sima in FB evokes Tribbles-mediated insulin resistance and consequently protects against aberrant insulin-dependent larval body growth under hypoxia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalGenes to Cells
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb


  • HIF-1
  • Tribbles
  • fat body
  • insulin signaling
  • larval body growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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