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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440188/trp-channels-as-novel-targets-for-endogenous-ligands-focus-on-endocannabinoids-and-nociceptive-signalling
#1
Maksim V Storozhuk, Alexander V Zholos
The endocannabinoid system is gaining steadily increasing research interest as its important role in the regulation of many fundamental physiological processes becomes more and more evident. One area which received particularly significant attention concerns targeting the endocannabinoid system as a useful strategy in pain control, especially in refractory, difficult to treat cases of chronic pain. Apart from the classical targets of cannabinoids, the CB1 and CB2 receptors, several members of the large TRP family of Ca2+-permeable cation channels have been designated as "ionotropic cannabinoid receptors" to highlight their role in cannabinoid signalling...
April 24, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432556/enzymes-that-hydrolyze-adenine-nucleotides-in-a-model-of-hypercholesterolemia-induced-by-triton-wr-1339-protective-effects-of-%C3%AE-caryophyllene
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Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Pedro H Doleski, Daniela B R Leal, Lenita M Stefani, Aline A Boligon, Silvia G Monteiro
Purinergic system has been proven to play a critical role in the inflammatory process and to represent an important therapeutic target to improve the immune response during hypercholesterolemia. β-caryophyllene, a phytocannabinoid compound, has a powerful hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory actions. However, the effects of β-caryophyllene on seric enzymes of purinergic system have not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether β-caryophyllene is able to ameliorate the seric activities of NTPDase and adenosine deaminase (ADA) in a model of hypercholesterolemia induced by Triton WR-1339...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425013/cannabinoids-as-modulators-of-cell-death-clinical-applications-and-future-directions
#3
B M Fonseca, N A Teixeira, G Correia-da-Silva
Endocannabinoids are bioactive lipids that modulate various physiological processes through G-protein-coupled receptors (CB1 and CB2) and other putative targets. By sharing the activation of the same receptors, some phytocannabinoids and a multitude of synthetic cannabinoids mimic the effects of endocannabinoids. In recent years, a growing interest has been dedicated to the study of cannabinoids properties for their analgesic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. In addition to these well-recognized effects, various studies suggest that cannabinoids may affect cell survival, cell proliferation or cell death...
April 20, 2017: Reviews of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411027/%C3%AE-caryophyllene-reduces-atherogenic-index-and-coronary-risk-index-in-hypercholesterolemic-rats-the-involvement-of-cardiac-oxidative-damage
#4
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Thirssa H Grando, Lenita M Stefani, Silvia G Monteiro
Hypercholesterolemia and cardiac oxidative damage have been implicated in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. In earlier studies, treatment using natural phytocannabinoid β-caryophyllene caused a hypolipemic effect, as well as ameliorated hepatic oxidative damage. In this regard, the present study aimed to investigate whether β-caryophyllene treatment was able to protect the cardiac tissue against hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis, and to investigate the involvement of antioxidant mechanisms in this effect using a model of hypercholesterolemia induced by Triton WR-1339...
April 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392266/cannabinoids-as-hippocampal-network-administrators
#5
REVIEW
Carl R Lupica, Yuhan Hu, Orrin Devinsky, Alexander F Hoffman
Extensive pioneering studies performed in the hippocampus have greatly contributed to our knowledge of an endogenous cannabinoid system comprised of the molecular machinery necessary to process these endocannabinoid lipid messengers and their associated cannabinoid receptors. Moreover, a foundation of knowledge regarding the function of hippocampal circuits, and its role in supporting synaptic plasticity has facilitated our understanding of the roles cannabinoids play in the diverse behaviors in which the hippocampus participates in both normal and pathological states...
April 6, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377876/cannabinoid-type-1-receptor-containing-axons-innervate-npy-agrp-neurons-in-the-mouse-arcuate-nucleus
#6
Yury M Morozov, Marco Koch, Pasko Rakic, Tamas L Horvath
OBJECTIVES: Phytocannabinoids, such as THC and endocannabinoids, are well known to promote feeding behavior and to control energy metabolism through cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1R). However, the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Generally, cannabinoid-conducted retrograde dis-inhibition of hunger-promoting neurons has been suggested to promote food intake, but so far it has not been demonstrated due to technical limitations. METHODS: We applied immunohistochemical labeling of CB1R for light microscopy and electron microscopy combined with three-dimensional reconstruction from serial sections in CB1R-expressing and CB1R-null mice, which served as a negative control...
April 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368293/-%C3%AE-caryophyllene-a-cb2-receptor-selective-phytocannabinoid-suppresses-motor-paralysis-and-neuroinflammation-in-a-murine-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Thaís Barbosa Alberti, Wagner Luiz Ramos Barbosa, José Luiz Fernandes Vieira, Nádia Rezende Barbosa Raposo, Rafael Cypriano Dutra
(-)-β-caryophyllene (BCP), a cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2)-selective phytocannabinoid, has already been shown in precedent literature to exhibit both anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in mouse models of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Herein, we endeavored to investigate the therapeutic potential of BCP on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Furthermore, we sought to demonstrate some of the mechanisms that underlie the modulation BCP exerts on autoimmune activated T cells, the pro-inflammatory scenery of the central nervous system (CNS), and demyelination...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348416/cannabinoid-cb2-receptors-are-involved-in-the-protection-of-raw264-7-macrophages-against-the-oxidative-stress-an-in-vitro-study
#8
Sabrina Giacoppo, Agnese Gugliandolo, Oriana Trubiani, Federica Pollastro, Gianpaolo Grassi, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
Research in the last decades has widely investigated the anti-oxidant properties of natural products as a therapeutic approach for the prevention and the treatment of oxidative-stress related disorders. In this context, several studies were aimed to evaluate the therapeutic potential of phytocannabinoids, the bioactive compounds of Cannabis sativa. Here, we examined the anti-oxidant ability of Cannabigerol (CBG), a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, still little known, into counteracting the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced oxidative stress in murine RAW264...
January 23, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344069/selective-post-training-time-window-for-memory-consolidation-interference-of-cannabidiol-into-the-prefrontal-cortex-reduced-dopaminergic-modulation-and-immediate-gene-expression-in-limbic-circuits
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Matheus Teixeira Rossignoli, Cleiton Lopes-Aguiar, Rafael Naime Ruggiero, Raquel Araujo Do Val da Silva, Lezio Soares Bueno-Junior, Ludmyla Kandratavicius, José Eduardo Peixoto-Santos, José Alexandre Crippa, Jaime Eduardo Cecilio Hallak, Antonio Waldo Zuardi, Raphael Escorsim Szawka, Janete Anselmo-Franci, João Pereira Leite, Rodrigo Neves Romcy-Pereira
The prefrontal cortex (PFC), amygdala and hippocampus display a coordinated activity during acquisition of associative fear memories. Evidence indicates that PFC engagement in aversive memory formation does not progress linearly as previously thought. Instead, it seems to be recruited at specific time windows after memory acquisition, which has implications for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders. Cannabidiol (CBD), the major non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid of the Cannabis sativa plant, is known to modulate contextual fear memory acquisition in rodents...
March 24, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343385/development-of-a-rapid-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantification-of-cannabidiol-cannabidivarin-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin-and-cannabigerol-in-mouse-peripheral-tissues
#10
Fabiana Piscitelli, Ester Pagano, Anna Lauritano, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo
Cannabis has been known as a medicine for several thousand years across many cultures and its beneficial effects are mostly due to the presence of cannabinoids, unique natural products, whose pharmacology is going to gain increasing interest in the scientific community. The discovery of the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa L., Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC), led to the identification of at least 100 additional phytocannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidivarin (CBDV), Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabivarin (Δ(9)-THCV), and cannabigerol (CBG)...
April 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333097/effects-of-a-sativex-like-combination-of-phytocannabinoids-on-disease-progression-in-r6-2-mice-an-experimental-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#11
Sara Valdeolivas, Onintza Sagredo, Mercedes Delgado, Miguel A Pozo, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Several cannabinoids afforded neuroprotection in experimental models of Huntington's disease (HD). We investigated whether a 1:1 combination of botanical extracts enriched in either ∆⁸-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆⁸-THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), which are the main constituents of the cannabis-based medicine Sativex(®), is beneficial in R6/2 mice (a transgenic model of HD), as it was previously shown to have positive effects in neurotoxin-based models of HD. We recorded the progression of neurological deficits and the extent of striatal deterioration, using behavioral, in vivo imaging, and biochemical methods in R6/2 mice and their corresponding wild-type mice...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281107/cannabis-for-pain-and-headaches-primer
#12
REVIEW
Philip S Kim, Michael A Fishman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Marijuana has been used both medicinally and recreationally since ancient times and interest in its compounds for pain relief has increased in recent years. The identification of our own intrinsic, endocannabinoid system has laid the foundation for further research. RECENT FINDINGS: Synthetic cannabinoids are being developed and synthesized from the marijuana plant such as dronabinol and nabilone. The US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of dronabinol and nabilone for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) wasting...
April 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272498/the-differential-binding-of-antipsychotic-drugs-to-the-abc-transporter-p-glycoprotein-predicts-cannabinoid-antipsychotic-drug-interactions
#13
Natalia I Brzozowska, Erik J de Tonnerre, Kong M Li, Xiao Suo Wang, Aurelie A Boucher, Paul D Callaghan, Michael Kuligowski, Alex Wong, Jonathon C Arnold
Cannabis use increases rates of psychotic relapse and treatment failure in schizophrenia patients. Clinical studies suggest that cannabis use reduces the efficacy of antipsychotic drugs, however there has been no direct demonstration of this in a controlled study. The present study demonstrates that exposure to the principal phytocannabinoid, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), reverses the neurobehavioural effects of the antipsychotic drug risperidone in mice. THC exposure did not influence D2 and 5-HT2A receptor binding, the major targets of antipsychotic action, however lowered the brain concentrations of risperidone and its active metabolite, 9-hydroxy risperidone...
March 8, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268256/cannabidiol-regulation-of-emotion-and-emotional-memory-processing-relevance-for-treating-anxiety-related-and-substance-abuse-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Jonathan L C Lee, Leandro J Bertoglio, Francisco S Guimarães, Carl W Stevenson
Learning to associate cues or contexts with potential threats or rewards is adaptive and enhances survival. Both aversive and appetitive memories are therefore powerful drivers of behaviour, but the inappropriate expression of conditioned responding to fear- and drug-related stimuli can develop into anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders respectively. These disorders are associated with abnormally persistent emotional memories and inadequate treatment, often leading to symptom relapse. Studies show that cannabidiol, the main non-psychotomimetic phytocannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa, reduces anxiety via 5-HT1A and (indirect) cannabinoid receptor activation in paradigms assessing innate responses to threat...
March 7, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261100/endocannabinoids-a-promising-impact-for-traumatic-brain-injury
#15
REVIEW
Lesley D Schurman, Aron H Lichtman
The endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) system regulates a diverse array of physiological processes and unsurprisingly possesses considerable potential targets for the potential treatment of numerous disease states, including two receptors (i.e., CB1 and CB2 receptors) and enzymes regulating their endogenous ligands N-arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide) and 2-arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG). Increases in brain levels of endocannabinoids to pathogenic events suggest this system plays a role in compensatory repair mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245177/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-decreases-willingness-to-exert-cognitive-effort-in-male-rats
#16
Mason M Silveira, Wendy K Adams, Maria Morena, Matthew N Hill, Catharine A Winstanley
BACKGROUND: Acceptance of cannabis use is growing. However, prolonged use is associated with diminished psychosocial outcomes, potentially mediated by drug-induced cognitive impairments. Δ(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, yet other phytocannabinoids in the plant, such as cannabidiol (CBD), have unique properties. Given that CBD can modulate the undesirable effects of THC, therapeutic agents, such as nabiximols, contain higher CBD:THC ratios than illicit marijuana...
March 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217094/in-vivo-evidence-for-therapeutic-properties-of-cannabidiol-cbd-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
REVIEW
Georgia Watt, Tim Karl
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that is affecting an increasing number of people. It is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid-β and tau hyperphosphorylation as well as neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. Current AD treatments do not stop or reverse the disease progression, highlighting the need for new, more effective therapeutics. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid that has demonstrated neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202406/cannabis-cultivation-methodological-issues-for-obtaining-medical-grade-product
#18
REVIEW
Suman Chandra, Hemant Lata, Mahmoud A ElSohly, Larry A Walker, David Potter
As studies continue to reveal favorable findings for the use of cannabidiol in the management of childhood epilepsy syndromes and other disorders, best practices for the large-scale production of Cannabis are needed for timely product development and research purposes. The processes of two institutions with extensive experience in producing large-scale cannabidiol chemotype Cannabis crops-GW Pharmaceuticals and the University of Mississippi-are described, including breeding, indoor and outdoor growing, harvesting, and extraction methods...
February 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165233/the-bibenzyl-canniprene-inhibits-the-production-of-pro-inflammatory-eicosanoids-and-selectively-accumulates-in-some-cannabis-sativa-strains
#19
Gianna Allegrone, Federica Pollastro, Gianmaria Magagnini, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Julia Seegers, Andreas Koeberle, Oliver Werz, Giovanni Appendino
Canniprene (1), an isoprenylated bibenzyl unique to Cannabis sativa, can be vaporized and therefore potentially inhaled from marijuana. Canniprene (1) potently inhibited the production of inflammatory eicosanoids via the 5-lipoxygenase pathway (IC50 0.4 μM) and also affected the generation of prostaglandins via the cyclooxygenase/microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase pathway (IC50 10 μM), while the related spiranoid bibenzyls cannabispiranol (2) and cannabispirenone (3) were almost inactive in these bioassays...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125508/a-cannabigerol-rich-cannabis-sativa-extract-devoid-of-increment-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-elicits-hyperphagia-in-rats
#20
Daniel I Brierley, James Samuels, Marnie Duncan, Benjamin J Whalley, Claire M Williams
Nonpsychoactive phytocannabinoids (pCBs) from Cannabis sativa may represent novel therapeutic options for cachexia because of their pleiotropic pharmacological activities, including appetite stimulation. We have recently shown that purified cannabigerol (CBG) is a novel appetite stimulant in rats. As standardized extracts from Cannabis chemotypes dominant in one pCB [botanical drug substances (BDSs)] often show greater efficacy and/or potency than purified pCBs, we investigated the effects of a CBG-rich BDS, devoid of psychoactive [INCREMENT]-tetrahydrocannabinol, on feeding behaviour...
January 25, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
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