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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29355640/cannabinoids-induce-apathetic-and-impulsive-patterns-of-choice-through-cb1-receptors-and-trpv1-channels
#1
Zahra Fatahi, Zahra Reisi, Gregor Rainer, Abbas Haghparast, Abbas Khani
Despite evidence from psychiatry and psychology clinics pointing to altered cognition and decision making following the consumption of cannabis, the effects of cannabis derivatives are still under dispute and the mechanisms of cannabinoid effects on cognition are not known. In this study, we used effort-based and delay-based decision tasks and showed that ACEA, a potent cannabinoid agonist induced apathetic and impulsive patterns of choice in rats in a dose-dependent manner when locally injected into the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), respectively...
January 17, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353877/gene-variants-and-educational-attainment-in-cannabis-use-mediating-role-of-dna-methylation
#2
Maria Carla Gerra, Subramaniam Jayanthi, Matteo Manfredini, Donna Walther, Jennifer Schroeder, Karran A Phillips, Jean Lud Cadet, Claudia Donnini
Genetic and sociodemographic risk factors potentially associated with cannabis use (CU) were investigated in 40 cannabis users and 96 control subjects. DNA methylation analyses were also performed to explore the possibility of epigenetic changes related to CU. We conducted a candidate gene association study that included variants involved in the dopaminergic (ANKK1, NCAM1 genes) and endocannabinoid (CNR1, CNR2 gene) pathways. Sociodemographic data included gender, marital status, level of education, and body mass index...
January 22, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352424/cannabinoid-cb1-and-cb2%C3%A2-receptors-and-monoacylglycerol-lipase-gene-expression-alterations-in-the-basal-ganglia-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Francisco Navarrete, M Salud García-Gutiérrez, Auxiliadora Aracil-Fernández, José L Lanciego, Jorge Manzanares
Previous studies suggest that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in the neuropathological basis of Parkinson's disease (PD). This study was designed to detect potential alterations in the cannabinoid receptors CB1 (CB1r) and CB2 (A isoform, CB2Ar), and in monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) gene expression in the substantia nigra (SN) and putamen (PUT) of patients with PD. Immunohistochemical studies were performed to identify precise CB2r cellular localization in the SN of control and PD patients...
January 19, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350699/medical-cannabis-the-oncology-nurse-s-role-in-patient-education-about-the-effects-of-marijuana-on-cancer-palliation%C3%A2
#4
Carey S Clark
BACKGROUND: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is legal either medicinally or recreationally in 29 states and the District of Columbia, with a majority of the U.S. adult population now living in states where cannabis is legal for medicinal use. As an advocate for patient autonomy and informed choice, the oncology nurse has an ethical responsibility to educate patients about and support their use of cannabis for palliation.
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to discuss the human endocannabinoid system as a basis for better understanding the palliative and curative nature of cannabis as a medicine, as well as review cannabis delivery methods and the emerging role of the oncology nurse in this realm...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343706/caloric-restriction-lowers-endocannabinoid-tonus-and-improves-cardiac-function-in-type-2-diabetes
#5
Huub J van Eyk, Linda D van Schinkel, Vasudev Kantae, Charlotte E A Dronkers, Jos J M Westenberg, Albert de Roos, Hildo J Lamb, J Wouter Jukema, Amy C Harms, Thomas Hankemeier, Mario van der Stelt, Ingrid M Jazet, Patrick C N Rensen, Johannes W A Smit
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Endocannabinoids (ECs) are associated with obesity and ectopic fat accumulation, both of which play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in type 2 diabetes (T2D). The effect of prolonged caloric restriction on ECs in relation to fat distribution and cardiac function is still unknown. Therefore, our aim was to investigate this relationship in obese T2D patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). SUBJECTS/METHODS: In a prospective intervention study, obese T2D patients with CAD (n = 27) followed a 16 week very low calorie diet (VLCD; 450-1000 kcal/day)...
January 17, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340966/cannabinomimetric-lipids-from-natural-extract-to-artificial-synthesis
#6
REVIEW
Ya-Ru Gao, Yong-Qiang Wang
Endocannabinoid system is related with various physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, during pre- and postnatal development, pain-sensation, mood, appetite, and memory. In the latest decades, an important milestone concerning the endocannabinoid system was the discovery of the existence of the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. Anandamide was the first reported endogenous metabolite, which adjusted the release of some neurotransmitters through binding to the CB1 or CB2 receptors...
January 16, 2018: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338583/endocannabinoid-engagement-of-cb2-regulates-rsv-induced-immunity
#7
Barbara L F Kaplan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336868/the-therapeutic-potential-of-targeting-the-peripheral-endocannabinoid-cb1-receptor-system
#8
REVIEW
Joseph Tam, Liad Hinden, Adi Drori, Shiran Udi, Shahar Azar, Saja Baraghithy
Endocannabinoids (eCBs) are internal lipid mediators recognized by the cannabinoid-1 and -2 receptors (CB1R and CB2R, respectively), which also mediate the different physiological effects of marijuana. The endocannabinoid system, consisting of eCBs, their receptors, and the enzymes involved in their biosynthesis and degradation, is present in a vast number of peripheral organs. In this review we describe the role of the eCB/CB1R system in modulating the metabolism in several peripheral organs. We assess how eCBs, via activating the CB1R, contribute to obesity and regulate food intake...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335158/arvanil-olvanil-am-1172-and-ly-2183240-various-cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-agonists-increase-the-threshold-for-maximal-electroshock-induced-seizures-in-mice
#9
Piotr Tutka, Aleksandra Wlaź, Magdalena Florek-Łuszczki, Patrycjusz Kołodziejczyk, Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher, Jarogniew J Łuszczki
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence reveals therapeutic potential for cannabinoids to reduce seizure frequency, severity and duration. Animal models are useful tools to determine the potential antiseizure or antiepileptic effects of cannabinoids. The objective of this study was evaluation of the effect of arvanil, olvanil, AM 1172 and LY 2183240, the compounds interacted with endocannabinoid and/or endovanilloid systems, on convulsions in the commonly used model of convulsions in mice. METHODS: Arvanil and olvanil were injected intraperitoneally (ip) 30 min and AM 1172 and LY 2183240 were administered ip 60 min before the maximal electroshock seizure threshold (MEST) test...
August 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334787/analysis-of-endocannabinoid-receptors-and-enzymes-in-the-post-mortem-motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
#10
Francisco Espejo-Porras, Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Eva de Lago
OBJECTIVE: We have investigated the endocannabinoid system in the motor cortex of motor neuron disease (MND) patients. METHODS: Post-mortem samples from MND patients and controls were used for immunostaining and/or Western blotting analysis of endocannabinoid elements. RESULTS: We did not find any evidence of neuronal losses in the motor cortex of MND patients, but elevations in glial markers Iba-1 and GFAP were evident. We found no changes in FAAH and MAGL enzymes and in the CB1 receptor, which correlated with the lack of cortical neuron death...
January 15, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331500/peripheral-modulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-metabolic-disease
#11
REVIEW
Nirajan Shrestha, James S M Cuffe, Dana S Hutchinson, John P Headrick, Anthony V Perkins, Andrew J McAinch, Deanne H Hryciw
Dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been identified in metabolic disease. Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) is abundantly expressed in the brain but also expressed in the periphery. Cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) is more abundant in the periphery, including the immune cells. In obesity, global antagonism of overexpressed CB1 reduces bodyweight but leads to centrally mediated adverse psychological outcomes. Emerging research in isolated cultured cells or tissues has demonstrated that targeting the endocannabinoid system in the periphery alleviates the pathologies associated with metabolic disease...
January 10, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330355/fatty-acids-and-related-lipid-mediators-in-the-regulation-of-cutaneous-inflammation
#12
REVIEW
Magdalena Kiezel-Tsugunova, Alexandra C Kendall, Anna Nicolaou
Human skin has a distinct profile of fatty acids and related bioactive lipid mediators that regulate many aspects of epidermal and dermal homeostasis, including immune and inflammatory reactions. Sebum lipids act as effective antimicrobial agents, shape immune cell communications and contribute to the epidermal lipidome. The essential fatty acid linoleic acid is crucial for the structure of the epidermal barrier, while polyunsaturated fatty acids act as precursors to eicosanoids, octadecanoids and docosanoids through cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase and cytochrome P450 monooxygenase-mediated reactions, and endocannabinoids and N-acyl ethanolamines...
January 12, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329795/omega-3-fatty-acids-and-adipose-tissue-biology
#13
REVIEW
Ondrej Kuda, Martin Rossmeisl, Jan Kopecky
This review provides evidence for the importance of white and brown adipose tissue (i.e. WAT and BAT) function for the maintenance of healthy metabolic phenotype and its preservation in response to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 PUFA), namely in the context of diseased states linked to aberrant accumulation of body fat, systemic low-grade inflammation, dyslipidemia and insulin resistance. More specifically, the review deals with (i) the concept of immunometabolism, i.e. how adipose-resident immune cells and adipocytes affect each other and define the immune-metabolic interface; and (ii) the characteristic features of "healthy adipocytes" in WAT, which are relatively small fat cells endowed with a high capacity for mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, triacylglycerol/fatty acid (TAG/FA) cycling and de novo lipogenesis (DNL)...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329391/oxidative-burst-and-dectin-1-triggered-phagocytosis-affected-by-norepinephrine-and-endocannabinoids-implications-for-fungal-clearance-under-stress
#14
Judith-Irina Buchheim, Spencer Hoskyns, Dominique Moser, Bing Han, Elisabeth Deindl, Marion Hörl, Katharina Biere, Matthias Feuerecker, Gustav Schelling, Alexander Chouker
A prolonged stress burden is known to hamper the efficiency of both the innate and adaptive immune systems and to attenuate the stress responses by the catecholaminergic and endocannabinoid (EC) systems. Key mechanisms of innate immunity are the eradication of pathogens through phagocytosis and the respiratory burst. We tested the concentration-dependent, spontaneous and stimulated (via TNFα and fMLP) release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by human PMNs in vitro in response to norepinephrine (NE) and AM1241, a pharmacological ligand for the endocannabinoid receptor CB2...
January 10, 2018: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329382/adolescent-synthetic-cannabinoid-exposure-produces-enduring-changes-in-dopamine-neuron-activity-in-a-rodent-model-of-schizophrenia-susceptibility
#15
David D Aguilar, Andrea Giuffrida, Daniel J Lodge
Background: Epidemiological studies recognize cannabis intake as a risk factor for schizophrenia, yet the majority of adolescents who use marijuana do not develop psychosis. Similarly, the abuse of synthetic cannabinoids poses a risk for psychosis. For these reasons, it is imperative to understand the effects of adolescent cannabinoid exposure in susceptible individuals. Method: We have recently developed a novel rodent model of schizophrenia susceptibility, the F2 MAM rat, where only a proportion (~40%) of rats display a schizophrenia-like phenotype...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326169/dual-cyclooxygenase-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-inhibitor-exploits-novel-binding-interactions-in-the-cyclooxygenase-active-site
#16
Michael C Goodman, Shu Xu, Carol A Rouzer, Surajit Banerjee, Kebreab Ghebreselasie, Marco Migliore, Daniele Piomelli, Lawrence J Marnett
The cyclooxygenases COX-1 and COX-2 oxygenate arachidonic acid (AA) to prostaglandin H2 (PGH2). COX-2 also oxygenates the endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and arachidonoylethanolamide (AEA), to the corresponding PGH2 analogs. Both enzymes are targets of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but NSAID-mediated COX inhibition is associated with gastrointestinal toxicity. One potential strategy to counter this toxicity is to also inhibit fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), which hydrolyzes bioactive fatty acid ethanolamides (FAEs) into fatty acids and ethanolamine...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325757/the-role-of-fatty-acids-and-their-endocannabinoid-like-derivatives-in-the-molecular-regulation-of-appetite
#17
REVIEW
Renger F Witkamp
Intake, absorption and synthesis of fatty acids, including those produced by the intestinal microbiota are tightly monitored via specific receptors and, indirectly through their conversion into a variety of signalling molecules. The resulting information is integrated and translated to different physiological processes, including the regulation of appetite and satiation. Direct chemosensing of fatty acids takes place via interaction with free fatty acid (FFA) and other receptors. These are present in the oronasal cavity and along the entire gastrointestinal tract, in various other tissues, and, for some receptors also in brain...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321244/silencing-carboxylesterase-1-in-human-thp-1-macrophages-perturbs-genes-regulated-by-pparg-rxr-and-rar-rxr-downregulation-of-cyp27a1-lxr%C3%AE-signaling
#18
Lee C Mangum, Xiang Hou, Abdolsamad Borazjani, Jung Hwa Lee, Matthew K Ross, J Allen Crow
Macrophage foam cells store excess cholesterol as cholesteryl esters, which need to be hydrolyzed for cholesterol efflux. We recently reported that silencing expression of carboxylesterase 1 (CES1) in human THP-1 macrophages (CES1KD macrophages) reduced cholesterol uptake and decreased expression of CD36 and scavenger receptor-A in cells loaded with acetylated low-density lipoprotein (acLDL). Here, we report that CES1KD macrophages exhibit reduced transcription of cytochrome P450 27A1 ( CYP27A1 ) in non-loaded and acLDL-loaded cells...
January 10, 2018: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314831/a-fluorescent-probe-to-unravel-functional-features-of-cannabinoid-receptor-cb1-in-human-blood-and-tonsil-immune-system-cells
#19
Mar Martín-Fontecha, Alba Angelina, Beate Rückert, Ainoa Rueda-Zubiaurre, Leticia Martin-Cruz, Willem van de Veen, Mübeccel Akdis, Silvia Ortega-Gutierrez, María L López-Rodrí Guez, Cezmi Akdis, Oscar Palomares
The human endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) regulates key physiological processes and alterations in its signalling pathways and endocannabinoid levels are associated to diseases such as neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions, cancer, pain and inflammation, obesity, metabolic and different immune related disorders. Immune system cells express the G-protein coupled cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) but its functional role has not been fully understood, likely due to the lack of appropriate tools. The availability of novel tools to investigate the role of CB1 in immune regulation might contribute to identify CB1 as a potential novel therapeutic target or biomarker for many diseases...
January 9, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313885/interferon-%C3%AE-treatment-increases-endocannabinoid-and-related-n-acylethanolamine-levels-in-t84-human-colon-carcinoma-cells
#20
Mireille Alhouayek, Linda Rankin, Sandra Gouveia-Figueira, Christopher J Fowler
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endocannabinoids and related N-acylethanolamines (NAEs) are involved in regulation of gut function, but relatively little is known as to whether inflammatory cytokines such as interferon γ (IFNγ) affect their levels. We have investigated this in vitro using T84 colon cancer cells, which when cultured in monolayers differentiate to form adult colonic crypt-like cells with excellent permeability barrier properties. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: NAE levels were determined by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric analysis...
January 3, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
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