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Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2008 Jul;90(1):269-74. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2008.04.004. Epub 2008 May 20.

Inhibition of mGluR1 and IP3Rs impairs long-term memory formation in young chicks.

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  • 1School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, 3800 Vic., Australia.


Calcium (Ca(2+)) is involved in a myriad of cellular functions in the brain including synaptic plasticity. However, the role of intracellular Ca(2+) stores in memory processing remains poorly defined. The current study explored a role for glutamate-dependent intracellular Ca(2+) release in memory processing via blockade of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 1 (mGluR1) and inositol (1,4,5)-trisphosphate receptors (IP(3)Rs). Using a single-trial discrimination avoidance task developed for the young chick, administration of the specific and potent mGluR1 antagonist JNJ16259685 (500nM, immediately post-training, ic), or the IP(3)R antagonist Xestospongin C (5microM, immediately post-training, ic), impaired retention from 90min post-training. These findings are consistent with mGluR1 activating IP(3)Rs to release intracellular Ca(2+) required for long-term memory formation and have been interpreted within an LTP2 model. The consequences of different patterns of retention loss following ryanodine receptor (RyR) and IP(3)R inhibition are discussed.

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