Invertebrate Neuroscience

, 19:8 | Cite as

Increase in serotonin precursor levels reinstates the context memory during reconsolidation

  • Alena B. Zuzina
  • Alia Kh. Vinarskaya
  • Pavel M. BalabanEmail author
Original Article


In the present study, we tested possible ways of modification of the context long-term memory using the reconsolidation as a tool. Recently, using a depletion of the serotonin content, it was shown that the reinforcing neurotransmitter serotonin is necessary for successful repeated reconsolidation of context memory in terrestrial snails Helix lucorum (Balaban et al. in Sci Rep 6:36933, 2016), and in the present study, we investigated effects of serotonin increase in memory maintenance by injection of the serotonin precursor 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). We studied reinstatement of the context memory after its impairment during reconsolidation with a protein synthesis blocker anisomycin (ANI) or with a specific inhibitor of protein-kinase Mζ (ZIP). It was observed that applications of 5-HTP alone, known to increase the release of serotonin, or reactivation of memory alone did not restore the ZIP- or ANI-impaired context memory, while combination of the 5-HTP + reactivation of memory effectively reinstated the context memory. The data obtained confirmed the assumption that serotonin/reinforcing transmitter is a part of successful reconsolidation necessary for memory maintenance, demonstrated possible ways of long-term memory regulation during the reconsolidation process.


Helix Serotonin Memory reactivation Reinforcement Protein-kinase Mζ Anisomycin 



This study was supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research Grants 17-04-01175, 17-00-00216, Grant of Russian Science Foundation 19-75-10067.

Author Contributions

ABZ, AKV and PMB contributed equally.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving snails were in accordance with the ethical standards and approved (#012 from 10.10.2014) by Ethical Committee of the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of Russian Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and NeurophysiologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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