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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722246/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-decreases-masticatory-muscle-sensitization-in-female-rats-through-peripheral-cannabinoid-receptor-activation
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H Wong, S Hossain, B E Cairns
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether intramuscular injection of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), by acting on peripheral cannabinoid (CB) receptors, could decrease nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced sensitization in female rat masseter muscle; a model which mimics the symptoms of myofascial temporomandibular disorders. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to explore the peripheral expression of cannabinoid receptors in the masseter muscle while behavioural and electrophysiology experiments were employed to assess the functional effects of intramuscular injection of THC...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720466/antinociceptive-effects-of-huf-101-a-fluorinated-cannabidiol-derivative
#2
Nicole R Silva, Felipe V Gomes, Miriam D Fonseca, Raphael Mechoulam, Aviva Breuer, Thiago M Cunha, Francisco S Guimarães
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid with multiple pharmacological effects and several potential therapeutic properties. Its low oral bioavailability, however, can limit its clinical use. Preliminary results indicate that fluorination of the CBD molecule increases its pharmacological potency. Here, we investigated whether HUF-101 (3, 10, and 30mg/kg), a fluorinated CBD analogue, would induce antinociceptive effects. HUF-101 effects were compared to those induced by CBD (10, 30, and 90mg/kg) and the cannabinoid CB1/2 receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (1, 3, and 5mg/kg)...
July 15, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716633/the-synthetic-cannabinoid-win55212-2-ameliorates-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-via-inhibition-of-gapdh-siah1-in-a-cb2-receptor-dependent-manner
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Bin-Xiao Su, Xin Chen, Jia Huo, Shu-Yun Guo, Rui Ma, Yan-Wu Liu
The essential role of GAPDH/Siah1 signaling pathway in the pathogenesis of various injurious conditions such as traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has been gradually recognized. However, the drugs targeting this signaling pathway are still lacking. The endocannabinoid system, including its receptors (CB1 and CB2), act as neuroprotective and immunomodulatory modulators in SCI. WIN55212-2, an agonist for CB1 and CB2 receptors, has been demonstrated with anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects in multiple neurological diseases...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710683/highly-selective-cb2-receptor-agonist-a836339-has-gastroprotective-effect-on-experimentally-induced-gastric-ulcers-in-mice
#4
M Salaga, H Zatorski, M Zielińska, P Mosinska, J-P Timmermans, R Kordek, M Storr, J Fichna
Cannabinoid type 2 (CB2) receptors are distributed in central and peripheral tissues, including immunocytes and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, suggesting that CB2 receptor agonists represent potential therapeutics in GI inflammatory states. In this study, we investigated the effect of highly selective CB2 agonist, A836339, on the development of gastric lesions. We used two models of gastric ulcer (GU) induced by ethanol (EtOH) and diclofenac. To confirm the involvement of CB2 receptors, a selective CB2 antagonist, AM630 was used...
July 14, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700706/spatial-distribution-of-cannabinoid-receptor-type-1-cb1-in-normal-canine-central-and-peripheral-nervous-system
#5
Jessica Freundt-Revilla, Kristel Kegler, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Andrea Tipold
The endocannabinoid system is a regulatory pathway consisting of two main types of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) and their endogenous ligands, the endocannabinoids. The CB1 receptor is highly expressed in the central and peripheral nervous systems (PNS) in mammalians and is involved in neuromodulatory functions. Since endocannabinoids were shown to be elevated in cerebrospinal fluid of epileptic dogs, knowledge about the species specific CB receptor expression in the nervous system is required. Therefore, we assessed the spatial distribution of CB1 receptors in the normal canine CNS and PNS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691158/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabinoid-receptor-agonists-in-models-of-seizures-in-developing-rats
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Megan N Huizenga, Evan Wicker, Veronica C Beck, Patrick A Forcelli
OBJECTIVE: Although drugs targeting the cannabinoid system (e.g., CB1 receptor agonists) display anticonvulsant efficacy in adult animal models of seizures/epilepsy, they remain unexplored in developing animal models. However, cannabinoid system functions emerge early in development, providing a rationale for targeting this system in neonates. We examined the therapeutic potential of drugs targeting the cannabinoid system in three seizure models in developing rats. METHODS: Postnatal day (P) 10, Sprague-Dawley rat pups were challenged with the chemoconvulsant methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (DMCM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), after treatment with either CB1/2 mixed agonist (WIN 55,212-2), CB1 agonist (arachidonyl-2'-chloroethylamide [ACEA]), CB2 agonist (HU-308), CB1 antagonist (AM-251), CB2 antagonist (AM-630), fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor (URB-597), or G protein-coupled receptor 55 agonist (O-1602)...
July 10, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689299/4-o-methylhonokiol-protects-from-alcohol-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-injury-in-mice
#7
Eleonora Patsenker, Andrea Chicca, Vanessa Petrucci, Sheida Moghadamrad, Andrea de Gottardi, Jochen Hampe, Jürg Gertsch, Nasser Semmo, Felix Stickel
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a leading cause of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and related mortality. The endocannabinoid system contributes to the development of chronic liver diseases, where cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) has been shown to have a protecting role. Thus, here, we investigated how CB2 agonism by 4'-O-methylhonokiol (MHK), a biphenyl from Magnolia grandiflora, affects chronic alcohol-induced liver fibrosis and damage in mice. A combination of alcohol (10% vol/vol) and CCl4 (1 ml/kg) was applied to C57BL/6 mice for 5 weeks...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677901/big-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channel-openers-control-spasticity-without-sedation
#8
David Baker, Gareth Pryce, Cristina Visintin, Sofia Sisay, Alexander I Bondarenko, W S Vanessa Ho, Samuel J Jackson, Thomas E Williams, Sarah Al-Izki, Ioanna Sevastou, Masahiro Okuyama, Wolfgang F Graier, Lesley A Stevenson, Carolyn Tanner, Ruth Ross, Roger G Pertwee, Christopher M Henstridge, Andrew J Irving, Jesse Schulman, Keith Powell, Mark D Baker, Gavin Giovannoni, David L Selwood
BACKGROUND & PURPOSE: The initial aim was to generate cannabinoid agents that control spasticity, occurring as a consequence of multiple sclerosis, whilst avoiding the sedative, side-effect-potential associated with cannabis. (R,Z)-3-(6-(dimethylamino)-6-oxohex-1-enyl)-N-(1-hydroxypropan-2-yl)benzamide (VSN16R) was synthesized as an anandamide (endocannabinoid) analogue in an anti-metabolite approach to identify drug-like agents to target spasticity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Following the initial chemistry, a variety of biochemical, pharmacological and electrophysiological approaches, using isolated cells, tissue-based assays and in vivo animal models, were used to demonstrate: activity, efficacy, pharmacokinetics and mechanism of action of the molecule...
July 5, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677397/c1-azacycloalkyl-hexahydrocannabinols
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Thanh C Ho, Naoyuki Shimada, Marcus A Tius, Spyros P Nikas, Wen Zhang, Alexandros Makriyannis
We report the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a novel class of cannabinergic ligands namely C1'-azacycloalkyl hexahydrocannabinols. Our synthetic approaches utilize an advanced common chiral intermediate triflate from which all analogs could be derived. Key synthetic steps involve microwave assisted Liebeskind-Srogl C-C cross-coupling and palladium-catalyzed decarboxylative coupling reactions. The C1'-N-methyl-azetidinyl- and C1'-N-methyl-pyrrolidinyl-analogs were found to be high affinity ligands for the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675787/novel-pyrrolocycloalkylpyrazole-analogues-as-cb1-ligands
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Battistina Asproni, Ilaria Manca, Giansalvo Pinna, Elena Cichero, Paola Fossa, Gabriele Murineddu, Paolo Lazzari, Giovanni Loriga, Gérard A Pinna
Novel 1,4-dihydropyrazolo[3,4-a]pyrrolizine-, 4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-g]indolizine- and 1,4,5,6-tetrahydropyrazolo[3,4-c]pyrrolo[1,2-a]azepine-3-carboxamide based compounds were designed and synthesized for cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptor interaction. Any of the new synthesized compounds showed high affinity for CB2 receptor with Ki values superior to 314 nM, whereas some of them showed moderate affinity for CB1 receptor with Ki values inferior to 400 nM. 7-Chloro-1-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-N-(homopiperidin-1-yl)-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazolo[4,3-g]indolizine-3-carboxamide (2j) exhibited good affinity for CB1 receptor (Ki CB1 = 81 nM) and the highest CB2 /CB1 selectively ratio (>12)...
July 4, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671614/endocannabinod-signal-dysregulation-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-a-correlation-link-between-inflammatory-state-and-neuro-immune-alterations
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REVIEW
Anna Lisa Brigida, Stephen Schultz, Mariana Cascone, Nicola Antonucci, Dario Siniscalco
Several studies highlight a key involvement of endocannabinoid (EC) system in autism pathophysiology. The EC system is a complex network of lipid signaling pathways comprised of arachidonic acid-derived compounds (anandamide, AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG), their G-protein-coupled receptors (cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2) and the associated enzymes. In addition to autism, the EC system is also involved in several other psychiatric disorders (i.e., anxiety, major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia)...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670781/structural-characterization-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-the-new-synthetic-cannabinoid-cumyl-pegaclone
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Verena Angerer, Lukas Mogler, Jan-Patrick Steitz, Philippe Bisel, Cornelius Hess, Clara T Schoeder, Christa E Müller, Laura M Huppertz, Folker Westphal, Jan Schäper, Volker Auwärter
The number of new psychoactive substances (NPS) that have emerged on the European market has been rapidly growing in the last years, with a particularly high number of new compounds from the group of synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists. There have been various political efforts to control the trade and the use of NPS worldwide. In Germany, the 'Act to control the distribution of new psychoactive substances' (NpSG) came into force in November 2016. In this new Act two groups of substances were defined, the group 'cannabimimetics/synthetic cannabinoids' covering indole, indazole and benzimidazole core structures, and a second group named 'compounds derived from 2-phenethylamine'...
July 3, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655644/pregnenolone-does-not-interfere-with-the-effects-of-cannabinoids-on-synaptic-transmission-in-the-cerebellum-and-the-nucleus-accumbens
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Anna Krohmer, Martin Brehm, Volker Auwärter, Bela Szabo
The steroid hormone pregnenolone attenuates several in vivo behavioural and somatic effects of the phytocannabinoid Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol, and it was suggested that pregnenolone can protect the brain from cannabis intoxication. The primary neuronal cannabinoid action behind most of the behavioural and somatic effects of cannabinoids is presynaptic inhibition of synaptic transmission. Therefore, the hypothesis of the present study was that pregnenolone attenuates the inhibition of synaptic transmission elicited by cannabinoids...
June 24, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651225/developing-pyridazine-3-carboxamides-to-be-cb2-agonists-the-design-synthesis-structure-activity-relationships-and-docking-studies
#14
Hai-Yan Qian, Zhi-Long Wang, Xiao-Yu Xie, You-Lu Pan, Gang-Jian Li, Xin Xie, Jian-Zhong Chen
Herein, we described the design and synthesis of a series of pyridazine-3-carboxamides to be CB2-selective agonists via a combination of scaffold hopping and bioisosterism strategies. The compounds were subjected to assessment of their potential activities through calcium mobilization assays. Among the tested derivatives, more than half of these compounds exhibited moderate to potent CB2 agonist activity. Six compounds showed EC50 values below 35 nM, and several derivatives also exhibited significantly enhanced potency and high selectivity at the CB2 receptor over the CB1 receptor...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626532/development-of-quinazoline-pyrimidine-2-4-1h-3h-diones-as-agonists-of-cannabinoid-receptor-type-2
#15
Hai-Yan Qian, Zhi-Long Wang, You-Lu Pan, Li-Li Chen, Xin Xie, Jian-Zhong Chen
Starting from a prototypical structure 1, we describe our efforts to design and obtain novel quinazoline/pyrimidine-2,4(1H,3H)-diones with high CB2 agonist potency and selectivity as well as improved physicochemical characteristics, mainly hydrophilicity. The most potent and selective CB2 agonists, 8 and 36, in this series were also endowed with lower logP values than that of GW842166X and lead compound 1. These derivatives appear to be promising lead compounds for the development of future CB2 agonists.
June 8, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618070/morin-suppresses-astrocyte-activation-and-regulates-cytokine-release-in-bone-cancer-pain-rat-models
#16
Wei Jiang, Ying Wang, Wei Sun, Mengyuan Zhang
As inflammatory and immune responses are involved in pathophysiology of debilitating neuropathic pain, reagents that can modulate these two responses may have therapeutic potential. Morin, derived from the moraceae family of plants, benefits inflammation-related diseases, but its antinociceptive effects on cancer pain remain elusive. In the present study, we investigated antinociceptive effects of morin on bone cancer pain using a rat model, where rats were subject to implantation of Walker 256 mammary gland carcinoma cells into the tibia...
June 15, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611585/role-of-n-arachidonoyl-serotonin-aa-5-ht-in-sleep-wake-cycle-architecture-sleep-homeostasis-and-neurotransmitters-regulation
#17
Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Sergio Machado, Nuno B Rocha, André B Veras, Geraldo A M Neto, Henning Budde, Oscar Arias-Carrión, Gloria Arankowsky-Sandoval
The endocannabinoid system comprises several molecular entities such as endogenous ligands [anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)], receptors (CB1 and CB2), enzymes such as [fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAHH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL)], as well as the anandamide membrane transporter. Although the role of this complex neurobiological system in the sleep-wake cycle modulation has been studied, the contribution of the blocker of FAAH/transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), N-arachidonoyl-serotonin (AA-5-HT) in sleep has not been investigated...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606623/the-interaction-between-alpha-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-and-nuclear-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-represents-a-new-antinociceptive-signaling-pathway-in-mice
#18
Giulia Donvito, Deniz Bagdas, Wisam Toma, Elnaz Rahimpour, Asti Jackson, Julie A Meade, Shakir AlSharari, Abhijit R Kulkarni, F Ivy Carroll, Aron H Lichtman, Roger L Papke, Ganesh A Thakur, M Imad Damaj
Recently, α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), primarily activated by binding of orthosteric agonists, represent a target for anti-inflammatory and analgesic drug development. These receptors may also be modulated by positive allosteric modulators (PAMs), ago-allosteric ligands (ago-PAMs), and α7-silent agonists. Activation of α7 nAChRs has been reported to increase the brain levels of endogenous ligands for nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors type-α (PPAR-α), palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) and oleoylethanolamide (OEA), in a Ca(2+)-dependent manner...
June 9, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601556/cannabidiol-upregulates-melanogenesis-through-cb1-dependent-pathway-by-activating-p38-mapk-and-p42-44-mapk
#19
Young Sun Hwang, Youn-Jung Kim, Mi Ok Kim, Mingyeong Kang, Sae Woong Oh, Youn Hwa Nho, See-Hyoung Park, Jongsung Lee
Melanogenesis plays a critical role in the protection of skin against external stresses such as ultraviolet irradiation and oxidative stressors. This study was aimed to investigate the effects of cannabidiol on melanogenesis and its mechanisms of action in human epidermal melanocytes. We found that cannabidiol increased both melanin content and tyrosinase activity. The mRNA levels of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), tyrosinase, tyrosinase-related protein (TRP) 1, and TRP2 were increased following cannabidiol treatment...
June 7, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597570/pharmaco-toxicological-effects-of-the-novel-third-generation-fluorinate-synthetic-cannabinoids-5f-adbinaca-ab-fubinaca-and-sts-135-in-mice-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
#20
Isabella Canazza, Andrea Ossato, Fabrizio Vincenzi, Adolfo Gregori, Fabiana Di Rosa, Federica Nigro, Alessandro Rimessi, Paolo Pinton, Katia Varani, Pier Andrea Borea, Matteo Marti
INTRODUCTION: 5F-ADBINACA, AB-FUBINACA, and STS-135 are 3 novel third-generation fluorinate synthetic cannabinoids that are illegally marketed as incense, herbal preparations, or research chemicals for their psychoactive cannabis-like effects. METHODS: The present study aims at investigating the in vitro and in vivo pharmacological activity of 5F-ADBINACA, AB-FUBINACA, and STS-135 in male CD-1 mice, comparing their in vivo effects with those caused by the administration of Δ(9) -THC and JWH-018...
June 9, 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
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