PKM and the maintenance of memory

F1000 Biol Rep. 2013;5:4. doi: 10.3410/B5-4. Epub 2013 Feb 1.


How can memories outlast the molecules from which they are made? Answers to this fundamental question have been slow coming but are now emerging. A novel kinase, an isoform of protein kinase C (PKC), PKMzeta, has been shown to be critical to the maintenance of some types of memory. Inhibiting the catalytic properties of this kinase can erase well-established memories without altering the ability of the erased synapse to be retrained. This article provides an overview of the literature linking PKMzeta to memory maintenance and identifies some of the controversial issues that surround the bold implications of the existing data. It concludes with a discussion of the future directions of this domain.