Inhibitor of protein synthesis blocks long-term behavioral sensitization in the isolated gill-withdrawal reflex of Aplysia

J Neurobiol. 1989 Jan;20(1):1-9. doi: 10.1002/neu.480200102.


To study the effects of protein synthesis inhibition on long-term sensitization of the gill- and siphon-withdrawal reflex of Aplysia, we have developed an isolated reflex preparation in which we could expose the inhibitor to only that part of the central nervous system involved in mediating the reflex and not to the other parts of the animal's central nervous system, thus minimizing the possible systemic side effects. We have found that long-term sensitization can be obtained in the isolated gill reflex, and that this long-term process, but not the short-term process, is blocked selectively by anisomycin, a reversible inhibitor of protein synthesis. Moreover, to obtain this blockade of long-term sensitization, this drug need only be applied during the training procedure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anisomycin / pharmacology*
  • Aplysia / drug effects
  • Aplysia / physiology*
  • Gills / drug effects
  • Gills / physiology*
  • Memory / drug effects*
  • Protein Synthesis Inhibitors / pharmacology
  • Pyrrolidines / pharmacology*
  • Reflex / drug effects*


  • Protein Synthesis Inhibitors
  • Pyrrolidines
  • Anisomycin