Reconsolidation of appetitive memories for both natural and drug reinforcement is dependent on B-adrenergic receptors

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We have investigated the neurochemical mechanisms of memory reconsolidation and, in particular, the functional requirement for intracellular mechanisms initiated by beta-adrenergic signaling. We show that propranolol, given in conjunction with a memory reactivation session, can specifically disrupt the conditioned reinforcing properties of a previously appetitively reinforced conditioned stimulus (CS), whether the stimulus had been associated with self-administered cocaine or with sucrose. These data show that memories for both drug and nondrug CS-US associations are dependent on beta-adrenergic receptor-mediated signaling for their reconsolidation, with implications for the potential development of a novel treatment for drug addiction and some forms of obesity.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-92
Number of pages5
JournalLearning & memory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008