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Data from: A continuous model of physiological prion aggregation suggests a role for Orb2 in gating long-term synaptic information

Citation

Sanguanini, Michele; Cattaneo, Antonino (2018), Data from: A continuous model of physiological prion aggregation suggests a role for Orb2 in gating long-term synaptic information, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.h2372g0

Abstract

The regulation of mRNA translation at the level of the synapse is believed to be fundamental in memory and learning at cellular level. The family of Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding (CPEB) proteins emerged as an important RNA binding protein family during development and in adult neurons. Drosophila Orb2 (homolog of mouse CPEB3 protein and of the neural isoform of Aplysia CPEB) has been found to be involved in the translation of plasticity-dependent mRNAs and has been associated to Long Term Memory. Orb2 protein presents two main isoforms, Orb2A and Orb2B, which form an activity induced amyloid-like functional aggregate, that is thought to be the translation-inducing state of the RNA binding protein. Here we present a first two-states continuous differential model for Orb2A-Orb2B aggregation. This model provides new working hypotheses for studying the role of prion-like CPEB proteins in long term synaptic plasticity. Moreover, this model can be used as a first step to integrate translation- and protein aggregation-dependent phenomena in synaptic facilitation rules.

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