Multiple neurons encode CrebB dependent appetitive long-term memory in the mushroom body circuit

Abstract

Lasting changes in gene expression are critical for the formation of long-term memories (LTMs), depending on the conserved CrebB transcriptional activator. While requirement of distinct neurons in defined circuits for different learning and memory phases have been studied in detail, only little is known regarding the gene regulatory changes that occur within these neurons. We here use the fruit fly as powerful model system to study the neural circuits of CrebB-dependent appetitive olfactory LTM. We edited the CrebB locus to create a GFP-tagged CrebB conditional knockout allele, allowing us to generate mutant, post-mitotic neurons with high spatial and temporal precision. Investigating CrebB-dependence within the mushroom body (MB) circuit we show that MB α/β and α'/β' neurons as well as MBON α3, but not in dopaminergic neurons require CrebB for LTM. Thus, transcriptional memory traces occur in different neurons within the same neural circuit.

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  1. Yves F Widmer

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  2. Cornelia Fritsch

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  3. Magali M Jungo

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  4. Silvia Almeida

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  5. Boris Egger

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  6. Simon G Sprecher

    Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
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Bundesbehörden der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft (SynaptiX)

  • Simon G Sprecher

Novartis Stiftung für Medizinisch-Biologische Forschung (18A017)

  • Simon G Sprecher

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (CRSII5_180316)

  • Simon G Sprecher

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Leslie C Griffith, Brandeis University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: June 13, 2018
  2. Accepted: October 19, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 22, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: November 13, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Widmer et al.

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  1. Yves F Widmer
  2. Cornelia Fritsch
  3. Magali M Jungo
  4. Silvia Almeida
  5. Boris Egger
  6. Simon G Sprecher
(2018)
Multiple neurons encode CrebB dependent appetitive long-term memory in the mushroom body circuit
eLife 7:e39196.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.39196

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