Infusion of protein synthesis inhibitors in the entorhinal cortex blocks consolidation but not reconsolidation of object recognition memory

Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2009 May;91(4):466-72. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2008.12.009. Epub 2009 Jan 21.


Memory consolidation and reconsolidation require the induction of protein synthesis in some areas of the brain. Here, we show that infusion of the protein synthesis inhibitors anisomycin, emetine and cycloheximide in the entorhinal cortex immediately but not 180 min or 360 min after training in an object recognition learning task hinders long-term memory retention without affecting short-term memory or behavioral performance. Inhibition of protein synthesis in the entorhinal cortex after memory reactivation involving either a combination of familiar and novel objects or two familiar objects does not affect retention. Our data suggest that protein synthesis in the entorhinal cortex is necessary early after training for consolidation of object recognition memory. However, inhibition of protein synthesis in this cortical region after memory retrieval does not seem to affect the stability of the recognition trace.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anisomycin / administration & dosage
  • Cycloheximide / administration & dosage
  • Emetine / administration & dosage
  • Entorhinal Cortex / drug effects
  • Entorhinal Cortex / physiology*
  • Male
  • Memory, Short-Term / physiology
  • Pattern Recognition, Physiological / physiology
  • Protein Synthesis Inhibitors / administration & dosage*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Recognition, Psychology / drug effects
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology*


  • Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
  • Anisomycin
  • Cycloheximide
  • Emetine