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ERIC Number: EJ861295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Histone Acetylation is Recruited in Consolidation as a Molecular Feature of Stronger Memories
Federman, Noel; Fustinana, Maria Sol; Romano, Arturo
Learning & Memory, v16 n10 p600-606 Oct 2009
Gene expression is a key process for memory consolidation. Recently, the participation of epigenetic mechanisms like histone acetylation was evidenced in long-term memories. However, until now the training strength required and the persistence of the chromatin acetylation recruited are not well characterized. Here we studied whether histone acetylation is involved in consolidation in invertebrates, whether it depends on the training strength, and whether it is a permanent or transient mechanism. We used a well-characterized memory model in invertebrates, the context-signal memory in crabs. Our results show no changes in histone 3 (H3) acetylation during consolidation of a standard training protocol. However, strong training induced a significant increase in H3 acetylation 1-h post-training, returning to basal levels afterward. Accordingly, the administration of histone deacetylase inhibitors sodium butyrate (NaB) and trichostatin A allowed a weak training to induce long-term memory. NaB enhanced memory in two phases during consolidation. These findings support that H3 acetylation (1) is involved in consolidation, (2) occurs only after strong training, (3) is a transient process, and (4) memory is enhanced in two phases. The coincidence of these phases with other mechanisms of gene expression is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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