Long-Term Memory Formation in Drosophila Depends on the 3′UTR of CPEB Gene orb2

Eugene N. Kozlov, Elena V. Tokmatcheva, Anastasia M. Khrustaleva, Eugene S. Grebenshchikov, Roman V. Deev, Rudolf A. Gilmutdinov, Lyubov A. Lebedeva, Mariya Zhukova, Elena V. Savvateeva-Popova, Paul Schedl, Yulii V. Shidlovskii

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Activation of local translation in neurites in response to stimulation is an important step in the formation of long-term memory (LTM). CPEB proteins are a family of translation factors involved in LTM formation. The Drosophila CPEB protein Orb2 plays an important role in the development and function of the nervous system. Mutations of the coding region of the orb2 gene have previously been shown to impair LTM formation. We found that a deletion of the 3’UTR of the orb2 gene similarly results in loss of LTM in Drosophila. As a result of the deletion, the content of the Orb2 protein remained the same in the neuron soma, but significantly decreased in synapses. Using RNA immunoprecipitation followed by high-throughput sequencing, we detected more than 6000 potential Orb2 mRNA targets expressed in the Drosophila brain. Importantly, deletion of the 3′UTR of orb2 mRNA also affected the localization of the Csp, Pyd, and Eya proteins, which are encoded by putative mRNA targets of Orb2. Therefore, the 3′UTR of the orb2 mRNA is important for the proper localization of Orb2 and other proteins in synapses of neurons and the brain as a whole, providing a molecular basis for LTM formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number318
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


  • 3′untranslated region
  • CPEB proteins
  • long- term memory
  • protein localization
  • synapse


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