A role for CIM6P/IGF2 receptor in memory consolidation and enhancement

Elife. 2020 May 5;9:e54781. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54781.


Cation-independent mannose-6-phosphate receptor, also called insulin-like growth factor two receptor (CIM6P/IGF2R), plays important roles in growth and development, but is also extensively expressed in the mature nervous system, particularly in the hippocampus, where its functions are largely unknown. One of its major ligands, IGF2, is critical for long-term memory formation and strengthening. Using CIM6P/IGF2R inhibition in rats and neuron-specific knockdown in mice, here we show that hippocampal CIM6P/IGF2R is necessary for hippocampus-dependent memory consolidation, but dispensable for learning, memory retrieval, and reconsolidation. CIM6P/IGF2R controls the training-induced upregulation of de novo protein synthesis, including increase of Arc, Egr1, and c-Fos proteins, without affecting their mRNA induction. Hippocampal or systemic administration of mannose-6-phosphate, like IGF2, significantly enhances memory retention and persistence in a CIM6P/IGF2R-dependent manner. Thus, hippocampal CIM6P/IGF2R plays a critical role in memory consolidation by controlling the rate of training-regulated protein metabolism and is also a target mechanism for memory enhancement.

Keywords: cation independnet mannose 6 phosphate receptor; igf-2 receptor; learning; memory; mouse; neuroscience; rat.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Hippocampus / physiology
  • Male
  • Memory Consolidation* / physiology
  • Memory, Long-Term / physiology
  • Mental Recall / physiology
  • Mice
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Open Field Test
  • Rats
  • Rats, Long-Evans
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2 / metabolism
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2 / physiology*


  • Igf2r protein, mouse
  • Receptor, IGF Type 2