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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626532/development-of-quinazoline-pyrimidine-2-4-1h-3h-diones-as-agonists-of-cannabinoid-receptor-type-2
#1
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
#2
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
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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
#4
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
#5
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592614/the-cannabinoid-cb2-agonist-gw405833-suppresses-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-pain-through-a-cb1-mechanism-that-is-independent-of-cb2-receptors-in-mice
#7
Ai-Ling Li, Lawrence M Carey, Ken Mackie, Andrea G Hohmann
GW405833, widely accepted as a cannabinoid CB2 agonist, suppresses pathological pain in preclinical models without unwanted central side effects of CB1 agonists. However, recent in vitro studies suggest that GW405833 may also behave as a non-competitive CB1 antagonist, suggesting that its pharmacology is more complex than initially appreciated. Here, we further investigated the pharmacological specificity of in vivo antinociceptive actions of GW405833 in models of neuropathic (i.e. partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSNL) model) and inflammatory (i...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589628/chemical-tools-to-modulate-2-ag-biosynthesis
#8
Hui Deng, Mario van der Stelt
2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) as an important endogenous signaling lipid that activates the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 R and CB2 R), thereby regulating a diverse range of physiological processes including anxiety, appetite, inflammation, memory, pain sensation and nociception. Diacylglycerol lipases (DAGLs) are the principle enzymes responsible for 2-AG biosynthesis. Recently, the (patho)physiological functions of DAGLs have been explored by both genetic methods and chemical tools. This review will focus on the recent efforts to develop highly selective and in vivo active DAGLs inhibitors using activity-based protein profiling...
June 6, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583800/analysis-of-natural-product-regulation-of-cannabinoid-receptors-in-the-treatment-of-human-disease
#9
REVIEW
S Badal, K N Smith, R Rajnarayanan
The organized tightly regulated signaling relays engaged by the cannabinoid receptors (CBs) and their ligands, G proteins and other effectors, together constitute the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system governs many biological functions including cell proliferation, regulation of ion transport and neuronal messaging. This review will firstly examine the physiology of the ECS, briefly discussing some anomalies in the relay of the ECS signaling as these are consequently linked to maladies of global concern including neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease and cancer...
June 2, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574245/synthesis-and-pharmacological-profiling-of-the-metabolites-of-synthetic-cannabinoid-drugs-apica-sts-135-adb-pinaca-and-5f-adb-pinaca
#10
Mitchell Longworth, Mark Connor, Samuel D Banister, Michael Kassiou
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) containing a 1-pentyl-1-H substituted indole or indazole have found abuse around the world and are associated with an array of serious side effects. These compounds are known to undergo extensive Phase 1 metabolism after ingestion with little understanding whether these metabolites are contributing to the cannabimimetic activity of the drugs. This work presents the synthesis and pharmacological characterization of the major metabolites of two high concern SCs; APICA and ADB-PINACA...
June 2, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570479/sensitization-of-c-fiber-nociceptors-in-mice-with-sickle-cell-disease-is-decreased-by-local-inhibition-of-anandamide-hydrolysis
#11
Megan L Uhelski, Kalpna Gupta, Donald A Simone
Chronic pain and hyperalgesia, as well as pain resulting from episodes of vasoocclusion, are characteristic features of sickle cell disease (SCD) and are difficult to treat. Since there is growing evidence that increasing local levels of endocannabinoids can decrease hyperalgesia, we examined the effects of URB597, a fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor which blocks the hydrolysis of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide (AEA), on hyperalgesia and sensitization of cutaneous nociceptors in a humanized mouse model of SCD...
May 31, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561272/cannabinoid-cb1-cb2-receptor-agonists-attenuate-hyperactivity-and-body-weight-loss-in-a-rat-model-of-activity-based-anorexia
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Maria Scherma, Valentina Satta, Roberto Collu, Maria Francesca Boi, Paolo Usai, Walter Fratta, Paola Fadda
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious psychiatric condition characterized by excessive body weight loss and disturbed perceptions of body shape and size, often associated with excessive physical activity. There is currently no effective drug-related therapy of this disease and this leads to high relapse rate. Clinical data suggest that a promising therapy to treat and reduce reoccurrence of AN may be based on the use of drugs that target the endocannabinoid (EC) system, which appears dysregulated in AN patients...
May 31, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554529/maternal-alcohol-exposure-during-mid-pregnancy-dilates-fetal-cerebral-arteries-via-endocannabinoid-receptors
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Olga Seleverstov, Ana Tobiasz, J Scott Jackson, Ryan Sullivan, Dejian Ma, J Pierce Sullivan, Steven Davison, Yada Akkhawattanangkul, Danielle L Tate, Terry Costello, Stacey Barnett, Wei Li, Giancarlo Mari, Alex M Dopico, Anna N Bukiya
Prenatal alcohol exposure often results in fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Mechanisms of fetal brain damage by alcohol remain unclear. We used baboons (Papio spp.) to study alcohol-driven changes in the fetal cerebral artery endocannabinoid system. Pregnant baboons were subjected to binge alcohol exposure via gastric infusion three times during a period equivalent to the second trimester of human pregnancy. A control group was infused with orange-flavored drink that was isocaloric to the alcohol-containing solution...
June 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551012/activation-of-cb2-receptor-system-restores-cognitive-capacity-and-hippocampal-sox2-expression-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
Jiang Wu, Mark Hocevar, Joseph F Foss, Bihua Bie, Mohamed Naguib
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by neuroinflammation, extensive deposits of amyloid-β aggregates, and loss of memory and cognitive abilities. The brains of patients with AD show increased expression of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) receptors and glial markers. CB2 receptors act as a negative feedback regulator; when activated by a CB2 agonist, they can help limit the extent of the neuroinflammatory response and the subsequent development of neuronal damage in the central nervous system...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549792/endocannabinoids-modulate-apoptosis-in-endometriosis-and-adenomyosis
#15
Elif Bilgic, Elif Guzel Meydanli, Sevil Kose, Makbule Cisel Aydin, Eda Karaismailoglu, Irem Akar, Alp Usubutun, Petek Korkusuz
Adenomyosis that is a form of endometriosis is the growth of ectopic endometrial tissue within the muscular wall of the uterus (myometrium), which may cause dysmenorrhea and infertility. Endocannabinoid mediated apoptotic mechanisms of endometriosis and adenomyosis are not known. We hypothesized that the down regulation of endocannabinoid receptors and/or alteration in their regulatory enzymes may have a direct role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis and adenomyosis through apoptosis. Endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, their synthesizing and catabolizing enzymes (FAAH, NAPE-PLD, DAGL, MAGL) and the apoptotic indexes were immunohistochemically assessed in endometriotic and adenomyotic tissues...
May 23, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540200/targeting-cannabinoid-signaling-for-peritoneal-dialysis-induced-oxidative-stress-and-fibrosis
#16
REVIEW
Chih-Yu Yang, Yat-Pang Chau, Ann Chen, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee, Der-Cherng Tarng, An-Hang Yang
Long-term exposure to bioincompatible peritoneal dialysis (PD) solutions frequently results in peritoneal fibrosis and ultrafiltration failure, which limits the life-long use of and leads to the cessation of PD therapy. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the pathogenesis of peritoneal fibrosis in order to design therapeutic strategies to prevent its occurrence. Peritoneal fibrosis is associated with a chronic inflammatory status as well as an elevated oxidative stress (OS) status. Beyond uremia per se, OS also results from chronic exposure to high glucose load, glucose degradation products, advanced glycation end products, and hypertonic stress...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527527/small-scale-separation-of-isoxazole-structurally-related-analogues-by-chiral-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
#17
Yasmine Zehani, Lucas Lemaire, Regis Millet, Emmanuelle Lipka
Chromatographic preparative enantioseparation is now the preferred method to obtain milligram amounts of pure enantiomers in the first step of the development of a therapeutic molecule. Supercritical fluid chromatography has many advantages over liquid chromatography and was therefore chosen for the small scale enantioseparation of four original 3-carboxamido-5-aryl isoxazole molecules, ligands of the CB2 cannabinoid receptors. The preparation of about 10mg of each of the eight enantiomers was achieved successfully on a Chiralpak(®) AD-H (tris-3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate of amylose) polysaccharide based stationary phase with various percentages of ethanol as a co-solvent, through mixed-stream injections and touching-band approach...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526263/n-stearoyl-l-tyrosine-inhibits-the-cell-senescence-and-apoptosis-induced-by-h2o2-in-hek293-tau-cells-via-the-cb2-receptor
#18
Yue Hu, Kai-Yi Zhou, Ze-Jian Wang, Yang Lu, Ming Yin
Although considerable energy and money have been spent trying to inhibit Aβ production and its related metabolic enzyme activities, there are still no drug treatments available to cure even slow for Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, tau protein has been focused recently as the new target for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The transfected human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK 293) cells with or without Tau 411 plasmid were used to evaluate the effect of tau protein on cell viability. H2O2 was added to simulate microenvironment of oxidative stress (OS) during aging...
June 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525896/activation-of-cannabinoid-receptor-type-ii-by-am1241-protects-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-oxidative-damage-and-enhances-their-therapeutic-efficacy-in-myocardial-infarction-mice-via-stat3-activation
#19
Dong Han, Xiang Li, Wen-Si Fan, Jiang-Wei Chen, Tian-Tian Gou, Tao Su, Miao-Miao Fan, Meng-Qi Xu, Ya-Bin Wang, Sai Ma, Ya Qiu, Feng Cao
The poor survival of cells in ischemic sites diminishes the therapeutic efficacy of stem cell therapy. Previously we and others have reported that Cannabinoid receptor type II (CB2) is protective during heart ischemic injury for its anti-oxidative activity. However, whether CB2 activation could improve the survival and therapeutic efficacy of stem cells in ischemic myocardium and the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we showed evidence that CB2 agonist AM1241 treatment could improve the functional survival of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AD-MSCs) in vitro as well as in vivo...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523112/development-of-highly-affine-and-selective-fluorinated-cannabinoid-type-2-receptor-ligands
#20
Rareş-Petru Moldovan, Kristin Hausmann, Winnie Deuther-Conrad, Peter Brust
Cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2 receptors) are involved in various pathological processes, and the visualization of their in vivo availability with positron emission tomography (PET) is of high interest. The study focuses on the introduction of fluorine into the structure of the highly affine and selective CB2 receptor ligand N-(adamantan-1-yl)-5-ethyl-2-methyl-1-phenyl-1H-imidazole-4-carboxamide (5). A novel series of compounds was developed by modifying (i) the adamantane-3-position, (ii) the imidazole-N-phenyl ring, and (iii) the imidazole-2-position, and the impact on the CB2 binding affinity and selectivity toward cannabinoid type 1 receptors (CB1) was evaluated...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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