Chicken cognin interactome and the memory of filial imprinting

Lela Chitadze, Giorgi Margvelani, Maia Meparishvili, Lia Tsverava, Ekaterine Mikautadze, Marine Kikvidze, Vincenzo Lagani, Brian J. McCabe, Revaz Solomonia

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Visual imprinting is a learning process whereby young animals come to prefer a visual stimulus after exposure to it (training). The intermediate medial mesopallium in the domestic chick forebrain is critical for visual imprinting and contributes to molecular regulation of memory formation. Criteria used to infer that a change following training is learning-related have been formulated and published. Cognin (protein disulphide isomerase) is one of several identified plasma membrane and mitochondrial proteins that are upregulated in a learning-related way 24 hours after training. Since virtually nothing is known about the cognin interactome, we have used immunoaffinity chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify proteins that interact with cognin in the cytoplasmic and plasma membrane-mitochondrial fractions. As the learning-related upregulation of cognin has been shown to occur in the plasma membrane-mitochondrial fraction and not in the cytoplasmic fraction, we studied the effect of training on three cognin-interacting partners in the plasma membrane-mitochondrial fraction: The b5 subunit of mitochondrial ATP synthase and the alpha-2 and alpha-3 subunits of sodium-potassium ATPase. Learning-related upregulation was found in the left intermediate medial mesopallium 24 hours after training for the b5 subunit of mitochondrial ATP synthase and the alpha-2 subunit of sodium-potassium ATPase. The hemispheric asymmetry revealed here is consistent with the predominance of many other learning-related effects in the left intermediate medial mesopallium. The alpha-2 subunit of sodium-potassium ATPase is mainly expressed in astrocytes, supporting a role for these glial cells in memory.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-405
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 25 2020
Externally publishedYes

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