Engrams and circuits crucial for systems consolidation of a memory
Author(s)Kitamura, Takashi; Kitamura, Sachie Ogawa; Roy, Dheeraj; Okuyama, Teruhiro; Morrissey, Mark; Smith, Lillian; Redondo Pena, Roger L; Tonegawa, Susumu; ... Show more Show less
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Episodic memories initially require rapid synaptic plasticity within the hippocampus for their formation and are gradually consolidated in neocortical networks for permanent storage. However, the engrams and circuits that support neocortical memory consolidation have thus far been unknown.We found that neocortical prefrontal memory engram cells, which are critical for remote contextual fear memory, were rapidly generated during initial learning through inputs from both the hippocampal-entorhinal cortex network and the basolateral amygdala. After their generation, the prefrontal engram cells, with support from hippocampal memory engram cells, became functionally mature with time. Whereas hippocampal engram cells gradually became silent with time, engram cells in the basolateral amygdala, which were necessary for fear memory, were maintained. Our data provide new insights into the functional reorganization of engrams and circuits underlying systems consolidation of memory.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences; Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
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Kitamura, Takashi et al. “Engrams and Circuits Crucial for Systems Consolidation of a Memory.” Science 356, 6333 (April 2017): 73–78 © 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science
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