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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526975/lipid-nanoparticles-for-administration-of-poorly-water-soluble-neuroactive-drugs
#1
Elisabetta Esposito, Markus Drechsler, Paolo Mariani, Federica Carducci, Michela Servadio, Francesca Melancia, Patrizia Ratano, Patrizia Campolongo, Viviana Trezza, Rita Cortesi, Claudio Nastruzzi
This study describes the potential of solid lipid nanoparticles and nanostructured lipid carriers as nano-formulations to administer to the central nervous system poorly water soluble drugs. Different neuroactive drugs, i.e. dimethylfumarate, retinyl palmitate, progesterone and the endocannabinoid hydrolysis inhibitor URB597 have been studied. Lipid nanoparticles constituted of tristearin or tristearin in association with gliceryl monoolein were produced. The nanoencapsulation strategy allowed to obtain biocompatible and non-toxic vehicles, able to increase the solubility of the considered neuroactive drugs...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516445/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-vertebrates-emphasis-on-the-zebrafish-model
#2
REVIEW
Francesca Oltrabella, Adam Melgoza, Brian Nguyen, Su Guo
The endocannabinoid system (eCBs), named after the plant Cannabis sativa, comprises cannabinoid receptors, endogenous ligands known as "endocannabinoids", and enzymes involved in the biosynthesis and degradation of these ligands, as well as putative transporters for these ligands. ECBs proteins and small molecules have been detected in early embryonic stages of many vertebrate models. As a result, cannabinoid receptors and endogenous as well as exogenous cannabinoids influence development and behavior in many vertebrate species...
May 17, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511899/signaling-pathways-to-and-from-the-hypophysial-pars-tuberalis-an-important-center-for-the-control-of-seasonal-rhythms
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REVIEW
Horst-Werner Korf
Seasonal (circannual) rhythms play an important role for the control of body functions (reproduction, metabolism, immune responses) in nearly all living organisms. Also humans are affected by the seasons with regard to immune responses and mental functions, the seasonal affective disorder being one of the most prominent examples. The hypophysial pars tuberalis (PT), an important interface between the hypophysial pars distalis and neuroendocrine centers in the brain, plays an essential role in the regulation of seasonal functions and may even be the seat of the circannual clock...
May 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499834/n-stearoyltyrosine-protects-primary-cortical-neurons-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-induced-apoptosis-through-inhibiting-anandamide-inactivation-system
#4
Heng-Jing Cui, Sha Liu, Rui Yang, Guo-Hui Fu, Yang Lu
N-stearoylthrosine (NST), a synthesized anandamide (AEA) analogue, plays a neuroprotective role in neurodegenerative diseases and cerebrovascular diseases. Several studies have demonstrated that the endocannabinoids systems (ECS) are involved in the neuroprotective effects against cerebral ischemic injury. Oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-induced neuronal injury elevated the levels of endocannabinoids and activated ECS. This research was conducted to investigate the neuroprotective effect of NST against OGD-induced neuronal injury in cultured primary cortical neurons and the potential mechanism involved...
May 9, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497982/neuroprotection-in-oxidative-stress-related-neurodegenerative-diseases-role-of-endocannabinoid-system-modulation
#5
Janos Paloczi, Zoltan V Varga, George Hasko, Pal Pacher
SIGNIFICANCE: Redox imbalance may lead to overproduction of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) and subsequent oxidative tissue damage which is a critical event in the course of neurodegenerative diseases. It is still not fully elucidated, however, whether oxidative stress is the primary trigger or a consequence in process of neurodegeneration. Recent Advances: Increasing evidence suggests that oxidative stress is involved in the propagation of neuronal injury and consequent inflammatory response, which in concert promote development of pathological alterations characteristic of most common neurodegenerative diseases...
May 12, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495606/the-synthetic-cannabinoid-win-55-212-55-212-induced-apoptosis-in-cytotrophoblasts-cells-by-a-mechanism-dependent-on-cb1-receptor
#6
Marta Almada, Lia Costa, Bruno Miguel Fonseca, Cristina Amaral, Natércia Teixeira, Georgina Correia-da-Silva
The endocannabinoid system has evolved as a key regulator in several pathological and physiological processes, including placentation, decidualization and implantation. In addition, it is known that Cannabis and cannabinoids negatively affect female reproduction. Although, the biological action of synthetic cannabinoids, such as WIN-55,212, in human fertility and pregnancy outcome remain to be unveiled. A tight balance between proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of trophoblast cells is required for placental development and pregnancy outcome...
May 8, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481838/contribution-of-endocannabinoid-gene-expression-and-genotype-on-low-back-pain-susceptibility-and-chronicity
#7
Divya Ramesh, Amy D'Agata, Angela Starkweather, Erin Young
A major research emphasis has been focused on defining the molecular changes that occur from acute to chronic pain in order to identify potential therapeutic targets for chronic pain. As the endocannabinoid system is dynamically involved in pain signaling, a plausible mechanism that may contribute to chronic pain vulnerability involves alterations in the amount of circulating endocannabinoids. Therefore, this study sought to examine cannabinoid type-1 (CNR1), type-2 (CNR2) receptors, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and the vanilloid receptor (TRPV1) gene expression profiles among individuals with acute and chronic LBP at their baseline visit...
May 5, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481360/a-chronic-low-dose-of-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-thc-restores-cognitive-function-in-old-mice
#8
Andras Bilkei-Gorzo, Onder Albayram, Astrid Draffehn, Kerstin Michel, Anastasia Piyanova, Hannah Oppenheimer, Mona Dvir-Ginzberg, Ildiko Rácz, Thomas Ulas, Sophie Imbeault, Itai Bab, Joachim L Schultze, Andreas Zimmer
The balance between detrimental, pro-aging, often stochastic processes and counteracting homeostatic mechanisms largely determines the progression of aging. There is substantial evidence suggesting that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is part of the latter system because it modulates the physiological processes underlying aging. The activity of the ECS declines during aging, as CB1 receptor expression and coupling to G proteins are reduced in the brain tissues of older animals and the levels of the major endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are lower...
May 8, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478955/spatial-distribution-of-cannabinoid-receptor-1-and-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-in-the-cat-ovary-and-oviduct
#9
Andrea Pirone, Carla Lenzi, Angela Briganti, Francesco Abbate, Maria Levanti, Francesca Abramo, Vincenzo Miragliotta
Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in female reproduction has been extensively described in humans with the cognate receptors and ligands being found in the ovaries and genital tract. In human, an imbalance of the endocannabinoid system is linked with both ectopic pregnancy and infertility. In bovine species anandamide levels regulate aspects of sperm-oviduct interaction. Here we report the immunohistochemical distribution of cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) in cat ovary and oviduct, using paraffin-embedded tissue samples and commercially available antibodies...
May 4, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476070/peripheral-inflammation-alters-n-arachidonoylphosphatidylethanolamine-20-4-nape-induced-modulation-of-nociceptive-spinal-cord-synaptic-transmission
#10
Vladimir Nerandzic, Petra Mrozkova, Pavel Adamek, Diana Spicarova, Istvan Nagy, Jiri Palecek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endocannabinoids play an important role in modulating spinal nociceptive signalling, crucial for the development of pain. The cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) are both activated by the endocannabinoid anandamide that is a product of biosynthesis from the endogenous lipid precursor N-arachidonoylphosphatidylethanolamine (20:4-NAPE). Here we are first to report CB1 receptor- and TRPV1-mediated effects of 20:4-NAPE application on spinal synaptic transmission in control and inflammatory conditions...
May 5, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467971/anti-proliferative-pro-apoptotic-and-anti-invasive-effect-of-ec-ev-system-in-human-osteosarcoma
#11
Francesca Punzo, Chiara Tortora, Daniela Di Pinto, Iolanda Manzo, Giulia Bellini, Fiorina Casale, Francesca Rossi
Osteosarcoma is the most common and aggressive bone tumor in children. The Endocannabinoid/Endovanilloid system has been proposed as anticancer target in tumor of different origins. This system is composed of two receptors (CB1 and CB2), the Transient Potential Vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channel and their ligands and enzymes. CB1 is expressed mainly in central nervous system while CB2 predominantly on immune and peripheral cells. We investigated the effects of JWH-133 (CB2 agonist) and RTX (TRPV1 agonist) in six human Osteosarcoma cell lines: MG-63, U-2OS, MNNG/HOS, Saos-2, KHOS/NP, Hs888Lu, by Apoptosis and Migration-Assay...
April 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463228/endocannabinoid-signaling-in-hypothalamic-circuits-regulates-arousal-from-general-anesthesia-in-mice
#12
Haixing Zhong, Li Tong, Ning Gu, Fang Gao, Yacheng Lu, Rou-Gang Xie, Jingjing Liu, Xin Li, Richard Bergeron, Lisa E Pomeranz, Ken Mackie, Feng Wang, Chun-Xia Luo, Yan Ren, Sheng-Xi Wu, Zhongcong Xie, Lin Xu, Jinlian Li, Hailong Dong, Lize Xiong, Xia Zhang
Consciousness can be defined by two major attributes: awareness of environment and self, and arousal, which reflects the level of awareness. The return of arousal after general anesthesia presents an experimental tool for probing the neural mechanisms that control consciousness. Here we have identified that systemic or intracerebral injection of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) antagonist AM281 into the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (DMH) - but not the adjacent perifornical area (Pef) or the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus of the hypothalamus (VLPO) - accelerates arousal in mice recovering from general anesthesia...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462075/plasma-2-arachidonoylglycerol-is-a-biomarker-of-age-and-menopause-related-insulin-resistance-and-dyslipidemia-in-lean-but-not-in-obese-men-and-women
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Flaminia Fanelli, Marco Mezzullo, Ilaria Belluomo, Valentina Diana Di Lallo, Margherita Baccini, Daniela Ibarra Gasparini, Elena Casadio, Marianna Mastroroberto, Valentina Vicennati, Alessandra Gambineri, Antonio Maria Morselli-Labate, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto
OBJECTIVE: The endocannabinoid system hypertonicity features obesity. Excess circulating 2-arachidonoylglycerol was variously associated with obesity-related metabolic impairment; however, unstandardized experimental and analytical settings have clouded its usefulness as a dysmetabolism biomarker. We aimed at assessing the influence of body mass index (BMI), menopause in women, and aging in men on 2-arachidonoylglycerol relationship with metabolic parameters. METHODS: Adult, unmedicated women (premenopausal (preMW): n = 103; menopausal (MW): n = 81) and men (n = 144) were stratified in normal weight (NW; BMI: 18...
May 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460003/evidence-for-cb2-receptor-involvement-in-lps-induced-reduction-of-camp-intracellular-levels-in-uterine-explants-from-pregnant-mice-pathophysiological-implications
#14
Ana Inés Salazar, Alejandro Carozzo, Fernando Correa, Carlos Davio, Ana María Franchi
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of the endocannabinoid system (eCS) on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) effects on uterine explants from 7-day pregnant mice in a murine model of endotoxin-induced miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: We found evidence for cannabinoid receptor type2 (CB2) involvement in LPS-induced increased prostaglandin-F2α (PGF2α) synthesis and diminished cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) intracellular content in uterine explants from early pregnant mice...
April 28, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457969/gpr55-and-the-regulation-of-glucose-homeostasis
#15
Eva Tudurí, Miguel López, Carlos Diéguez, Angel Nadal, Ruben Nogueiras
Pathophysiological conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are reportedly associated to over-activation of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Therefore, modulation of the ECS offers potential therapeutic benefits on those diseases. GPR55, the receptor for L-α-lysophosphatidylinositol (LPI) that has also affinity for various cannabinoid ligands, is distributed at the central and peripheral level and it is involved in several physiological processes. This review summarizes the localization and role of GPR55 in tissues that are crucial for the regulation of glucose metabolism, and provides an update on its contribution in obesity and insulin resistance...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455493/host-probiotic-interaction-new-insight-into-the-role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-by-in-vivo-and-ex-vivo-approaches
#16
Giorgia Gioacchini, Giacomo Rossi, Oliana Carnevali
The endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating inflammation in several chronic or anomalous gut inflammatory diseases. In vivo and ex vivo studies showed that 30 days treatment with a probiotic mix activated the endocannabinoid system in zebrafish. These results highlight the potential of this probiotic mixture to regulate immune cell function, by inducing gene expression of toll-like receptors and other immune related molecules. Furthermore, TUNEL assay showed a decrease in the number of apoptotic cells, and this finding was supported by a reduction in pro-apoptotic factors and an increase in anti-apoptotic molecules...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450060/endocannabinoid-modulation-of-dopamine-neurotransmission
#17
REVIEW
Dan Covey, Yolanda Mateo, David Sulzer, Joseph F Cheer, David M Lovinger
Dopamine (DA) is a major catecholamine neurotransmitter in the mammalian brain that controls neural circuits involved in the cognitive, emotional, and motor aspects of goal-directed behavior. Accordingly, perturbations in DA neurotransmission play a central role in several neuropsychiatric disorders. Somewhat surprisingly given its prominent role in numerous behaviors, DA is released by a relatively small number of densely packed neurons originating in the midbrain. The dopaminergic midbrain innervates numerous brain regions where extracellular DA release and receptor binding promote short- and long-term changes in postsynaptic neuron function...
April 24, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448548/altered-striatal-endocannabinoid-signaling-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
#18
Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Mariluz Hernández-Gálvez, Cecilia J Hillard, Patricia Maciel, Sara Valdeolivas, José A Ramos, María Gómez-Ruiz, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA-3) is the most prevalent autosomal dominant inherited ataxia. We recently found that the endocannabinoid system is altered in the post-mortem cerebellum of SCA-3 patients, and similar results were also found in the cerebellar and brainstem nuclei of a SCA-3 transgenic mouse model. Given that the neuropathology of SCA-3 is not restricted to these two brain regions but rather, it is also evident in other structures (e.g., the basal ganglia), we studied the possible changes to endocannabinoid signaling in the striatum of these transgenic mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446954/comment-on-the-effect-of-endocannabinoid-system-on-rat-behavior
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COMMENT
Ali Roohbakhsh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440188/trp-channels-as-novel-targets-for-endogenous-ligands-focus-on-endocannabinoids-and-nociceptive-signalling
#20
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
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