Inhibition of the interactions between eukaryotic initiation factors 4E and 4G impairs long-term associative memory consolidation but not reconsolidation. Journal Article uri icon



  • Considerable evidence indicates that the general blockade of protein synthesis prevents both the initial consolidation and the postretrieval reconsolidation of long-term memories. These findings come largely from studies of drugs that block ribosomal function, so as to globally interfere with both cap-dependent and -independent forms of translation. Here we show that intra-amygdala microinfusions of 4EGI-1, a small molecule inhibitor of cap-dependent translation that selectively disrupts the interaction between eukaryotic initiation factors (eIF) 4E and 4G, attenuates fear memory consolidation but not reconsolidation. Using a combination of behavioral and biochemical techniques, we provide both in vitro and in vivo evidence that the eIF4E-eIF4G complex is more stringently required for plasticity induced by initial learning than for that triggered by reactivation of an existing memory.

publication date

  • February 22, 2011

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Date in CU Experts

  • September 9, 2013 10:43 AM

Full Author List

  • Hoeffer CA; Cowansage KK; Arnold EC; Banko JL; Moerke NJ; Rodriguez R; Schmidt EK; Klosi E; Chorev M; Lloyd RE

author count

  • 14

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Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 3383

end page

  • 3388


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