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- Molecular changes in the intermediate medial mesopallium after a one trial avoidance learning in immature and mature chickens
Migues, Paola V.;
Rostas, John A. P.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Science & Information Technology, School of Psychology
- Because brain maturation in chickens is protracted and occurs well after the major developmental period of synaptogenesis, chicken forebrain is suitable to investigate whether the molecular mechanisms underlying memory consolidation are different in immature and mature animals. We have used antibodies and western blotting to analyze subcellular fractions from the intermediate medial mesopallium region of 14-day and 8-week chicken forebrain prepared 0, 45, and 120 min after learning a discriminative taste avoidance task. At both ages learning induced changes in the phosphorylation of the glutamate receptor subunit 1 at Ser831, the levels of calcium-calmodulin stimulated/dependent protein kinase II and the phosphorylation of calcium-calmodulin stimulated/dependent protein kinase II at Thr286 were observed only in the fraction enriched in post-synaptic densities. The changes were of the same type at the two ages but occurred faster in mature animals. The changes in extracellular signal regulated kinase and phosphorylated-extracellular signal regulated kinase were more complex with different subcellular fractions showing different patterns of change at the two ages. These results imply that the molecular changes induced by learning a behavioral task are faster in mature than immature brain and may involve a different balance of intracellular signaling pathways.
- Journal of Neurochemistry Vol. 104, Issue 4, p. 891-902
- Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
calcium-calmodulin stimulated/dependent protein kinase II;
extracellular signal regulated kinase;
glutamate receptor subunit 1;
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- journal article