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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107590/endocannabinoid-activation-of-cb1-receptors-contributes-to-long-lasting-reversal-of-neuropathic-pain-by-repetitive-spinal-cord-stimulation
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L Sun, L Tai, Q Qiu, R Mitchell, S Fleetwood-Walker, E A Joosten, C W Cheung
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to be effective in the management of certain neuropathic pain conditions, however, the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated repetitive SCS in a rodent neuropathic pain model, revealing long-lasting and incremental attenuation of hyperalgesia and a mechanism of action involving endocannabinoids. METHOD: Animals were implanted with monopolar electrodes at the time of partial sciatic nerve injury...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104279/effect-of-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-on-mptp-induced-dopaminergic-neuronal-damage
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J M Viveros-Paredes, R E Gonzalez-Castañeda, A Escalante-Castañeda, A R Tejeda-Martínez, F Castañeda-Achutiguí, M E Flores-Soto
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by balance problems, muscle rigidity, and slow movement due to low dopamine levels and loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). The endocannabinoid system is known to modulate the nigrostriatal pathway through endogenous ligands such as anandamide (AEA), which is hydrolysed by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). The purpose of this study was to increase AEA levels using FAAH inhibitor URB597 to evaluate the modulatory effect of AEA on dopaminergic neuronal death induced by 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
January 16, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103941/involvement-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-physiological-response-to-transient-common-carotid-artery-occlusion-and-reperfusion
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Marina Quartu, Laura Poddighe, Tiziana Melis, Maria Pina Serra, Marianna Boi, Sara Lisai, Gianfranca Carta, Elisabetta Murru, Laura Muredda, Maria Collu, Sebastiano Banni
BACKGROUND: The transient global cerebral hypoperfusion/reperfusion achieved by induction of Bilateral Common Carotid Artery Occlusion followed by Reperfusion (BCCAO/R) may trigger a physiological response in an attempt to preserve tissue and function integrity. There are several candidate molecules among which the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and/or peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-alpha) may play a role in modulating oxidative stress and inflammation. The aims of the present study are to evaluate whether the ECS, the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and PPAR-alpha are involved during BCCAO/R in rat brain, and to identify possible markers of the ongoing BCCAO/R-induced challenge in plasma...
January 19, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100841/cannabinoids-a-new-weapon-against-cancer
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Małgorzata Pokrywka, Joanna Góralska, Bogdan Solnica
Cannabis has been cultivated by man since Neolithic times. It was used, among others for fiber and rope production, recreational purposes and as an excellent therapeutic agent. The isolation and characterization of the structure of one of the main active ingredients of cannabis - Δ9 - tetrahydrocannabinol as well the discovery of its cannabinoid binding receptors CB1 and CB2, has been a milestone in the study of the possibilities of the uses of Cannabis sativa and related products in modern medicine. Many scientific studies indicate the potential use of cannabinoids in the fight against cancer...
December 29, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100744/compensatory-activation-of-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-inhibition-of-gaba-release-in-the-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-in-inflammatory-pain
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Ming-Hua Li, Katherine L Suchland, Susan L Ingram
: The rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) is a relay in the descending pain modulatory system and an important site of endocannabinoid modulation of pain. Endocannabinoids inhibit GABA release in the RVM, but it is not known whether this effect persists in chronic pain states. In the present studies, persistent inflammation induced by complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) increased GABAergic miniature IPSCs (mIPSCs). Endocannabinoid activation of cannabinoid (CB1) receptors known to inhibit presynaptic GABA release was significantly reduced in the RVM of CFA-treated rats compared with naive rats...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098721/the-endocannabinoid-system-and-its-role-in-eczematous-dermatoses
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Alexandra R Trusler, Ashley K Clark, Raja K Sivamani, Vivian Y Shi
The skin serves as the foremost barrier between the internal body and the external world, providing crucial protection against pathogens and chemical, mechanical, and ultraviolet damages. The skin is a central player in the intricate network of immune, neurologic, and endocrine systems. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) includes an extensive network of bioactive lipid mediators and their receptors, functions to modulate appetite, pain, mood, and memory, and has recently been implicated in skin homeostasis. Disruption of ECS homeostasis is implicated in the pathogenesis of several prevalent skin conditions...
January 2017: Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092019/urb597-and-the-cannabinoid-win55-212-2-reduce-behavioral-and-neurochemical-deficits-induced-by-mptp-in-mice-possible-role-of-redox-modulation-and-nmda-receptors
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Angel Escamilla-Ramírez, Esperanza García, Guadalupe Palencia-Hernández, Ana Laura Colín-González, Sonia Galván-Arzate, Isaac Túnez, Julio Sotelo, Abel Santamaría
Several physiological events in the brain are regulated by the endocannabinoid system (ECS). While synthetic cannabinoid receptor (CBr) agonists such as WIN55,212-2 act directly on CBr, agents like URB597, a fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor, induce a more "physiological" activation of CBr by increasing the endogenous levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA). Herein, we compared the pre- and post-treatment efficacy of URB597 and WIN55,212-2 on different endpoints evaluated in the toxic model produced by the mitochondrial toxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) in mice...
January 14, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079617/manipulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-colitis-a-comprehensive-review
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Kristina L Leinwand, Mark E Gerich, Edward J Hoffenberg, Colm B Collins
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a lifelong disease of the gastrointestinal tract whose annual incidence and prevalence is on the rise. Current immunosuppressive therapies available for treatment of IBD offer limited benefits and lose effectiveness, exposing a significant need for the development of novel therapies. In the clinical setting, cannabis has been shown to provide patients with IBD symptomatic relief, although the underlying mechanisms of their anti-inflammatory effects remain unclear...
February 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078867/plasma-endocannabinoid-behaviour-in-total-knee-and-hip-arthroplasty
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R Ottria, L Cappelletti, A Ravelli, M Mariotti, F Gigli, S Romagnoli, P Ciuffreda, G Banfi, L Drago
Endocannabinoids are a class of lipid mediators involved in a wide range of physiological pathways including pain perception, and immunological defences. In particular, the involvement of endocannabinoids in bone metabolism and bone resorption has recently been studied. Moreover, one study on total knee arthroplasty describes the probable role of endocannabinoids in pain perception after surgery. The aim of the present study was to evaluate variations of endocannabinoid concentrations in patients undergoing total hip or total knee arthroplasty before and after surgery...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065722/peripheral-endocannabinoid-signaling-controls-hyperphagia-in-western-diet-induced-obesity
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Donovan A Argueta, Nicholas V DiPatrizio
The endocannabinoid system in the brain and periphery plays a major role in controlling food intake and energy balance. We reported that tasting dietary fats was met with increased levels of the endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide, in the rat upper small intestine, and pharmacological inhibition of this local signaling event dose-dependently blocked sham feeding of fats. We now investigated the contribution of peripheral endocannabinoid signaling in hyperphagia associated with chronic consumption of a western-style diet in mice ([WD] i...
January 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063756/-synthetic-cannabinoids-a-new-addiction-matrix
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Amandine Scocard, Amine Benyamina, Sarah Coscas, Laurent Karila
Synthetic cannabinoids (SC) belong to the emergent market of new psychoactive substances, sold on the Internet or specialized shops. Since the 1970s, more than 160 new SC have invaded the drug market. These substances imitate the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Underestimated for too long, SC's market growth and consequences are no longer to be ignored, first of all in terms of public health. SC were first synthesized during researches on the endocannabinoid system. Though they are agonists of the cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2, as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis, they can also have a really high affinity with these receptors, rising up their potency...
January 4, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062195/development-of-new-inhibitors-for-n-acylethanolamine-hydrolyzing-acid-amidase-as-promising-tool-against-bladder-cancer
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Riccardo Vago, Arianna Bettiga, Andrea Salonia, Pierangela Ciuffreda, Roberta Ottria
The endocannabinoid system is a signaling system involved in a wide range of biological effects. Literature strongly suggests the endocannabinoid system role in the pathogenesis of cancer and that its pharmacological activation produces therapeutic benefits. Last research promotes the endocannabinoid system modulation by inhibition of endocannabinoids hydrolytic enzymes instead of direct activation of endocannabinoid receptors to avoid detrimental effects on cognition and motor control. Here we report the identification of N-acylethanolamine-hydrolyzing acid amidase (NAAA) inhibitors able to reduce cell proliferation and migration and cause cell death on different bladder cancer cell lines...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061971/the-endocannabinoid-system-and-anxiety
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S F Lisboa, F V Gomes, A L B Terzian, D C Aguiar, F A Moreira, L B M Resstel, F S Guimarães
The medical properties of Cannabis sativa is known for centuries. Since the discovery and characterization of the endogenous cannabinoid system, several studies have evaluated how cannabinoid compounds and, particularly, how the modulation of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system influences a wide range of functions, from metabolic to mental disorders. Cannabinoids and eCB system often exert opposite effects on several functions, such as anxiety. Although the mechanisms are not completely understood, evidence points to different factors influencing those effects...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060830/association-between-use-of-cannabis-in-adolescence-and-weight-change-into-midlife
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Lexie Zhiyan Jin, Anna Rangan, Jesper Mehlsen, Lars Bo Andersen, Sofus C Larsen, Berit L Heitmann
Cannabis use has been found to stimulate appetite and potentially promote weight gain via activation of the endocannabinoid system. Despite the fact that the onset of cannabis use is typically during adolescence, the association between adolescence cannabis use and long-term change in body weight is generally unknown. This study aims to examine the association between adolescence cannabis use and weight change to midlife, while accounting for the use of other substances. The study applied 20 to 22 years of follow-up data on 712 Danish adolescents aged between 15 and 19 years at baseline...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035196/therapeutic-use-of-cannabis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Waseem Ahmed, Seymour Katz
The marijuana plant Cannabis sativa and its derivatives, cannabinoids, have grown increasingly popular as a potential therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Studies have shown that modulation of the endocannabinoid system, which regulates various functions in the body and has been shown to play a key role in the pathogenesis of IBD, has a therapeutic effect in mouse colitis. Epidemiologic data and human therapy studies reveal a possible role for cannabinoids in the symptomatic treatment of IBD, although it has yet to be determined in human populations whether cannabinoids have therapeutic anti-inflammatory effects in IBD or are simply masking its many debilitating symptoms...
November 2016: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027538/the-arguments-for-and-against-cannabinoids-application-in-glaucomatous-retinopathy
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Yunes Panahi, Azadeh Manayi, Marjan Nikan, Mahdi Vazirian
Glaucoma represents several optic neuropathies leading to irreversible blindness through progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss. Reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) is known as the only modifiable factor in the treatment of this disorder. Application of exogenous cannabinoids to lower IOP has attracted attention of scientists as potential agents for the treatment of glaucoma. Accordingly, neuroprotective effect of these agents has been recently described through modulation of endocannabinoid system in the eye...
December 24, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017790/the-cb1-receptor-is-required-for-the-establishment-of-the-hyperlocomotor-phenotype-in-developmentally-induced-hypothyroidism-in-mice
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Elena Giné, Victor Echeverry-Alzate, Jose Antonio Lopez-Moreno, Fernando Rodriguez de Fonseca, Ana Perez-Castillo, Angel Santos
Alterations in motor functions are well-characterized features observed in humans and experimental animals with thyroid hormone dysfunctions during development. We have previously suggested the implication of the endocannabinoid system in the hyperlocomotor phenotype observed in developmentally induced hypothyroidism in rats. In this work we have further analyzed the implication of endocannabinoids in the effect of hypothyroidism on locomotor activity. To this end, we evaluated the locomotor activity in adult mice lacking the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R(-/-)) and in their wild type littermates (CB1R(+/+)), whose hypothyroidism was induced in day 12 of gestation and maintained during the experimental period...
December 23, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017680/circulating-levels-of-endocannabinoids-respond-acutely-to-voluntary-exercise-are-altered-in-mice-selectively-bred-for-high-voluntary-wheel-running-and-differ-between-the-sexes
#18
Zoe Thompson, Donovan Argueta, Theodore Garland, Nicholas DiPatrizio
The endocannabinoid system serves many physiological roles, including in the regulation of energy balance, food reward, and voluntary locomotion. Signaling at the cannabinoid type 1 receptor has been specifically implicated in motivation for rodent voluntary exercise on wheels. We studied four replicate lines of high runner (HR) mice that have been selectively bred for 81 generations based on average number of wheel revolutions on days five and six of a six-day period of wheel access. Four additional replicate lines are bred without regard to wheel running, and serve as controls (C) for random genetic effects that may cause divergence among lines...
December 22, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011441/cannabinoid-receptors-on-peripheral-leukocytes-from-patients-with-schizophrenia-evidence-for-defective-immunomodulatory-mechanisms
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Salvina Maria de Campos-Carli, Marcio Sobreira Araújo, Amanda Cardoso de Oliveira Silveira, Vitor Bortolo de Rezende, Natalia Pessoa Rocha, Rodrigo Ferretjans, Rafael Ribeiro-Santos, Andrea Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Michael Berk, João Vinícius Salgado, Antonio Lucio Teixeira
OBJECTIVES: to evaluate cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) expression on peripheral immune cells, i.e., blood monocytes, neutrophils, lymphocytes, and NK cells, and their relationship to a wide range of serum cytokine levels in subjects with schizophrenia and controls. METHODS: A sample of 55 people with chronic schizophrenia and 48 controls were enrolled in the study. The expression of the cannabinoid receptors CB1R and CB2R was evaluated in peripheral blood leukocytes by flow cytometry...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002563/subcellular-localization-of-a-2-arachidonoyl-glycerol-signaling-cassette-in-retinal-ganglion-cell-axonal-growth-in-vitro
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David T Stark, Joseph Caprioli
Purpose: To investigate whether the subcellular distribution of endocannabinoid (eCB) system (ECS) components in growing RGC axons is consistent with the formation of eCB-enriched "hotspots" and the role of the ECS in RGC axonal growth. Methods: We used immunocytochemistry and image analysis to quantify axonal expression of the ECS components diacylglycerol lipase alpha (DGLα), monoacylglycerol lipase (MGL), and cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) in a mouse retinal explant model...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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