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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903595/lifelong-imbalanced-linoleic-alpha-linolenic-acid-intake-impairs-emotional-and-cognitive-behavior-in-adult-rats-via-changes-in-brain-endocannabinoid-system
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Erica Zamberletti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Valentina De Castro, Elisabetta Murru, Marina Gabaglio, Paola Colucci, Chiara Fanali, Pamela Prini, Tiziana Bisogno, Mauro Maccarrone, Patrizia Campolongo, Sebastiano Banni, Tiziana Rubino, Daniela Parolaro
Imbalanced dietary n-3 and n-6 PUFA content has been associated with a number of neurological conditions. Endocannabinoids are n-6 PUFA derivatives, whose brain concentrations are sensitive to modifications of fatty acid composition of the diet, and play a central role in the regulation of mood and cognition. As such, the endocannabinoid system appears to be an ideal candidate for mediating the effects of dietary fatty acids on mood and cognition. Lifelong administration of isocaloric alpha linolenic acid (ALA) deficient and enriched diets induced short-term memory deficits, whereas only dietary ALA enrichment altered emotional reactivity in adult male rats compared to animals fed a standard diet, balanced in ALA/linoleic (LA) ratio...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899300/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-control-of-mouse-myometrium-contractility-during-the-menstrual-cycle
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Ester Pagano, Pierangelo Orlando, Stefania Finizio, Antonietta Rossi, Lorena Buono, Fabio Arturo Iannotti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Francesca Borrelli
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known to affect female reproduction. However, the role of the endocannabinoid system in mouse uterine contractility in the dioestrus and oestrus phases has not been previously investigated. The present study aimed at filling this gap. Endocannabinoid (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) levels were measured in mouse uterus at dioestrus and oestrus phases by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry; quantitative reverse transcription-PCR measured mRNA expression of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes involved in the metabolism of endocannabinoids...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893106/evidence-for-a-gpr18-role-in-diurnal-regulation-of-intraocular-pressure
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Sally Miller, Emma Leishman, Olivia Oehler, Laura Daily, Natalia Murataeva, Jim Wager-Miller, Heather Bradshaw, Alex Straiker
Purpose: The diurnal cycling of intraocular pressure (IOP) was first described in humans more than a century ago. This cycling is preserved in other species. The physiologic underpinning of this diurnal variation in IOP remains a mystery, even though elevated pressure is indicated in most forms of glaucoma, a common cause of blindness. Once identified, the system that underlies diurnal variation would represent a natural target for therapeutic intervention. Methods: Using normotensive mice, we measured the regulation of ocular lipid species by the enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and N-arachidonoyl phosphatidylethanolamine phospholipase (NAPE-PLD), mRNA expression of these enzymes, and their functional role in diurnal regulation of IOP...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890700/biochanin-a-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-in-diabetic-rats
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Venkateswarlu Chundi, Siva Reddy Challa, Devala Rao Garikapati, Giridhar Juvva, Anusha Jampani, Sree Harsha Pinnamaneni, Sahithi Venigalla
BACKGROUND: Soya supplements are used in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Previous reports reveal that consumption of soy diet before nerve injury prevents the development of neuropathic pain in rats. Biochanin-A, a soy isoflavone, has a naturally occurring inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) that metabolized endocannabinoids. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate efficacy of biochanin-A in streptozotocin (STZ) induced neuropathic pain in rat model...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890603/a-novel-inhibitor-of-endocannabinoid-catabolic-enzymes-sheds-light-on-behind-the-scene-interplay-between-chronic-pain-analgesic-tolerance-and-heroin-dependence
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Josée Guindon
From the Aristotelian ancient Greece, pain has been associated with appetites or emotions and is opposite to pleasure. Reward and addiction is also linked to pleasure and compulsive drug seeking reinstates pleasure. Alleviation of chronic pain can induce a euphoric phase similar to what is found in addiction. Both chronic pain and addiction are recognized as a disease of the central nervous system. They share many characteristics and brain regions/mechanisms. Evidence points to the usefulness of cannabinoids as a new class of agents to add to the pharmaceutical toolbox in the management of chronic pain...
November 24, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890602/the-endocannabinoid-hydrolysis-inhibitor-sa-57-intrinsic-antinociceptive-effects-augmented-morphine-induced-antinociception-and-attenuated-heroin-seeking-behavior-in-mice
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Jenny L Wilkerson, Sudeshna Ghosh, Mohammed Mustafa, Rehab A Abdullah, Micah J Niphakis, Roberto Cabrera, Rafael L Maldonado, Benjamin F Cravatt, Aron H Lichtman
Although opioids are highly efficacious analgesics, their abuse potential and other untoward side effects diminish their therapeutic utility. The addition of non-opioid analgesics offers a promising strategy to reduce required antinociceptive opioid doses that concomitantly reduce opioid-related side effects. Inhibitors of the primary endocannabinoid catabolic enzymes fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) show opioid-sparing effects in preclinical models of pain. As simultaneous inhibition of these enzymes elicits enhanced antinociceptive effects compared with single enzyme inhibition, the present study tested whether the dual FAAH-MAGL inhibitor SA-57 [4-[2-(4-chlorophenyl)ethyl]-1-piperidinecarboxylic acid 2-(methylamino)-2-oxoethyl ester] produces morphine-sparing antinociceptive effects, without major side effects associated with either drug class...
November 24, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889577/brain-uptake-and-metabolism-of-the-endocannabinoid-anandamide-labeled-in-either-the-arachidonoyl-or-ethanolamine-moiety
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Kun Hu, Shilpa Sonti, Sherrye T Glaser, Richard I Duclos, Samuel J Gatley
INTRODUCTION: Anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine) is a retrograde neuromodulator that activates cannabinoid receptors. The concentration of anandamide in the brain is controlled by fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), which has been the focus of recent drug discovery efforts. Previous studies in C57BL/6 mice using [(3)H-arachidonoyl]anandamide demonstrated deposition of tritium in thalamus and cortical areas that was blocked by treatment with an FAAH inhibitor and that was not seen in FAAH-knockout mice...
November 9, 2016: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812328/adverse-social-experiences-in-adolescent-rats-result-in-enduring-effects-on-social-competence-pain-sensitivity-and-endocannabinoid-signaling
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Peggy Schneider, Laura Bindila, Christian Schmahl, Martin Bohus, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Beat Lutz, Rainer Spanagel, Miriam Schneider
Social affiliation is essential for many species and gains significant importance during adolescence. Disturbances in social affiliation, in particular social rejection experiences during adolescence, affect an individual's well-being and are involved in the emergence of psychiatric disorders. The underlying mechanisms are still unknown, partly because of a lack of valid animal models. By using a novel animal model for social peer-rejection, which compromises adolescent rats in their ability to appropriately engage in playful activities, here we report on persistent impairments in social behavior and dysregulations in the endocannabinoid (eCB) system...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806235/acute-neurologic-disorder-from-an-inhibitor-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase
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Anne Kerbrat, Jean-Christophe Ferré, Pierre Fillatre, Thomas Ronzière, Stéphane Vannier, Béatrice Carsin-Nicol, Sylvain Lavoué, Marc Vérin, Jean-Yves Gauvrit, Yves Le Tulzo, Gilles Edan
Background A decrease in fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) activity increases the levels of endogenous analogues of cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids. FAAH inhibitors have shown analgesic and antiinflammatory activity in animal models, and some have been tested in phase 1 and 2 studies. In a phase 1 study, BIA 10-2474, an orally administered reversible FAAH inhibitor, was given to healthy volunteers to assess safety. Methods Single doses (0.25 to 100 mg) and repeated oral doses (2.5 to 20 mg for 10 days) of BIA 10-2474 had been administered to 84 healthy volunteers in sequential cohorts; no severe adverse events had been reported...
November 3, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806128/exposure-to-a-highly-caloric-palatable-diet-during-the-perinatal-period-affects-the-expression-of-the-endogenous-cannabinoid-system-in-the-brain-liver-and-adipose-tissue-of-adult-rat-offspring
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María Teresa Ramírez-López, Raquel Arco, Juan Decara, Mariam Vázquez, Rosario Noemí Blanco, Francisco Alén, Juan Suárez, Raquel Gómez de Heras, Fernando Rodríguez de Fonseca
Recent studies have linked gestational exposure to highly caloric diets with a disrupted endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS). In the present study, we have extended these studies by analyzing the impact of the exposure to a palatable diet during gestation and lactation on a) the adult expression of endocannabinoid-related behaviors, b) the metabolic profile of adult offspring and c) the mRNA expression of the signaling machinery of the ECS in the hypothalamus, the liver and the adipose tissue of adult offspring of both sexes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790143/a-personal-retrospective-elevating-anandamide-aea-by-targeting-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-faah-and-the-fatty-acid-binding-proteins-fabps
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Dale G Deutsch
This perspective was adapted from a Career Achievement Award talk given at the International Cannabinoid Research Society Symposium in Bukovina, Poland on June 27, 2016. As a biochemist working in the neurosciences, I was always fascinated with neurotransmitter inactivation. In 1993 we identified an enzyme activity that breaks down anandamide. We called the enzyme anandamide amidase, now called FAAH. We and other laboratories developed FAAH inhibitors that were useful reagents that also proved to have beneficial physiological effects and until recently, new generations of inhibitors were in clinical trials...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771531/involvement-of-cb1-and-trpv1-receptors-located-in-the-ventral-medial-prefrontal-cortex-in-the-modulation-of-stress-coping-behavior
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A G Sartim, F A Moreira, S R L Joca
Cannabinoid type-1 (CB1) and transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 (TRPV1) receptors may have opposite roles in modulating neural activity and, consequently, in regulating the stress response. These receptors are widely expressed in several brain structures, including the ventral medial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). The functional consequences of the interaction between CB1 and TRPV1, however, have scarcely been explored. Therefore, we investigated if CB1 and TRPV1 receptors located in the vmPFC would be involved in the behavioral changes induced by the stress of the forced swim test (FST)...
October 19, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766867/therapeutic-potential-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-monoacylglycerol-lipase-and-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase-inhibitors
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Wei Tuo, Natascha Leleu-Chavain, John Spencer, Supojjanee Sansook, Regis Millet, Philippe Chavatte
Fatty acid ethanolamides (FAEs) and endocannabinoids (ECs) have been shown to alleviate pain and inflammation, regulate motility and appetite, and produce anti-cancer, anxiolytic, and neuroprotective efficacies via cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) or type 2 (CB2), or via peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPAR-α) stimulation. FAEs and ECs are synthesized by a series of endogenous enzymes, including N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine-phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD), diacylglycerol lipase (DAGL), or phospholipase C (PLC), and their metabolism is mediated by several metabolic enzymes, including fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA), or cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748182/hemopressin-peptides-as-modulators-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-and-their-potential-applications-as-therapeutic-tools
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Giorgia Macedonio, Azzurra Stefanucci, Cristina Maccallini, Sako Mirzaie, Ettore Novellino, Adriano Mollica
The endocannabinoid system is activated by the binding of natural arachidonic acid derivatives (endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids) as lipophilic messengers to cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The endocannabinoid system comprises also many hydrolytic enzymes responsible for the endocannabinoids cleavage, such as FAAH and MAGL. These two enzymes are possible therapeutic targets for the development of new drugs as indirect cannabinoid agonists. Recently a new family of endocannabinoid modulators was discovered; the lead of this family is the nonapeptide hemopressin produced from enzymatic cleavage of the α-chain of hemoglobin and acting as negative allosteric modulator of CB1...
October 7, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746343/revealing-the-role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-modulators-sr141716a-urb597-and-vdm-11-in-sleep-homeostasis
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Eric Murillo-Rodríguez, Sergio Machado, Nuno Barbosa Rocha, Henning Budde, Ti-Fei Yuan, Oscar Arias-Carrión
The endocannabinoid system comprises receptors (CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors), enzymes (Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase [FAAH], which synthesizes the endocannabinoid anandamide), as well as the anandamide membrane transporter (AMT). Importantly, previous experiments have demonstrated that the endocannabinoid system modulates multiple neurobiological functions, including sleep. For instance, SR141716A (the CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist) as well as URB597 (the FAAH inhibitor) increase waking in rats whereas VDM-11 (the blocker of the AMT) enhances sleep in rodents...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737788/chronic-faah-inhibition-during-nicotine-abstinence-alters-habenular-cb1-receptor-activity-and-precipitates-depressive-like-behaviors
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A Simonnet, E Zamberletti, M Cador, T Rubino, S Caillé
The role of the endocannabinoid system in nicotine addiction is being increasingly acknowledged. Acute inhibition of anandamide (AEA) degradation efficiently reduces nicotine withdrawal-induced affective symptoms in rats and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the degradation enzyme of AEA, has been proposed as a possible treatment against nicotine addiction. However, it is unclear whether chronic inhibition of AEA during nicotine abstinence will have beneficial or deleterious affective side-effects. Using a rat model of nicotine addiction, we found that, during abstinence, rats injected daily with a FAAH inhibitor (URB597) developed a depressive-like phenotype...
October 11, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731508/peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-infiltration-downregulates-decidual-faah-activity-in-an-lps-induced-embryo-resorption-model
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Manuel Luis Wolfson, Julieta Aisemberg, Fernando Correa, Ana María Franchi
Maternal infections with gram-negative bacteria are associated with miscarriage and are one of the most common complications during pregnancy. Previous studies from our group have shown that lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated infiltrating peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) into decidual tissue plays an important role in the establishment of a local inflammatory process that results in embryo cytotoxicity and early embryo resorption. Moreover, we have also shown that an increased endocannabinoid tone mediates LPS-induced deleterious effects during early pregnancy loss...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717809/dysregulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-signaling-system-in-the-cerebellum-and-brainstem-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-3
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Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Mariluz Hernández-Gálvez, Cecilia J Hillard, Patricia Maciel, Luis García-García, Sara Valdeolivas, Miguel A Pozo, José A Ramos, María Gómez-Ruiz, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Spinocerebellar ataxia type-3 (SCA-3) is a rare disease but it is the most frequent type within the autosomal dominant inherited ataxias. The disease lacks an effective treatment to alleviate major symptoms and to modify disease progression. Our recent findings that endocannabinoid receptors and enzymes are significantly altered in the post-mortem cerebellum of patients affected by autosomal-dominant hereditary ataxias suggest that targeting the endocannabinoid signaling system may be a promising therapeutic option...
December 17, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716956/faah-gene-variation-moderates-stress-response-and-symptom-severity-in-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-and-comorbid-alcohol-dependence
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Primavera A Spagnolo, Vijay A Ramchandani, Melanie L Schwandt, Laura E Kwako, David T George, Leah M Mayo, Cecilia J Hillard, Markus Heilig
BACKGROUND: A common single nucleotide polymorphism (C385A) in the human fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) gene has been associated with decreased distress responses in healthy volunteers, but its role in psychiatric disorders remains unknown. Here, we obtained genotypes and carried out a secondary analysis of subjects from a trial of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol dependence (AD). We evaluated the effects of C385A variation on behavioral and biochemical biomarkers of distress responses...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27672360/glucagon-like-peptide-1-excites-firing-and-increases-gabaergic-miniature-postsynaptic-currents-mpscs-in-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-gnrh-neurons-of-the-male-mice-via-activation-of-nitric-oxide-no-and-suppression-of-endocannabinoid-signaling-pathways
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Imre Farkas, Csaba Vastagh, Erzsébet Farkas, Flóra Bálint, Katalin Skrapits, Erik Hrabovszky, Csaba Fekete, Zsolt Liposits
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a metabolic signal molecule, regulates reproduction, although, the involved molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated, yet. Therefore, responsiveness of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons to the GLP-1 analog Exendin-4 and elucidation of molecular pathways acting downstream to the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) have been challenged. Loose patch-clamp recordings revealed that Exendin-4 (100 nM-5 μM) elevated firing rate in hypothalamic GnRH-GFP neurons of male mice via activation of GLP-1R...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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