Early tagging of cortical networks is required for the formation of enduring associative memory.

E. Lesburgueres, O. L. Gobbo, S. Alaux-Cantin, A. Hambucken, P. Trifilieff, B. Bontempi
Science. 2011-02-17; 331(6019): 924-928
DOI: 10.1126/science.1196164

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Science. 2011 Feb 18;331(6019):869-70.
Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011 Apr;12(4):188.

Although formation and stabilization of long-lasting associative memories are thought to require time-dependent coordinated hippocampal-cortical interactions, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we present evidence that neurons in the rat cortex must undergo a “tagging process” upon encoding to ensure the progressive hippocampal-driven rewiring of cortical networks that support remote memory storage. This process was AMPA- and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor-dependent, information-specific, and capable of modulating remote memory
persistence by affecting the temporal dynamics of hippocampal-cortical interactions. Post-learning reinforcement of the tagging process via time-limited epigenetic modifications resulted in improved remote memory retrieval. Thus, early tagging of cortical networks is a crucial neurobiological process for remote memory formation whose functional properties fit the requirements imposed by the extended time scale of systems-level memory consolidation.

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