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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642068/chloramphenicol-decreases-cb1-receptor-expression-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-and-prefrontal-cortex-and-prevents-amphetamine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-rats
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Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Diego Pérez-Vázquez, Alejandra E Ruiz-Contreras, Miguel Pérez de la Mora, Pavel E Rueda-Orozco, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Oscar E Prospero-Garcia
Drug dependence seems to involve a learning and memory process. Since learning and memory depend on protein synthesis, drug dependence may depend on protein synthesis, too. Drug-induced reward is a crucial effect for the development of drug-dependence. We used chloramphenicol (CAP, a protein synthesis inhibitor), to evaluate its effects on amphetamine (amph)-seeking behavior, on CB1R expression and on protein synthesis in general, in specific areas of the brain. Two groups of Wistar adult male rats were subjected to amph-induced conditioned place preference (CPP)...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634109/cannabis-associated-psychosis-neural-substrate-and-clinical-impact
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REVIEW
R M Murray, A Englund, A Abi-Dargham, D Lewis, M Di Forti, C Davies, M Sherif, P McGuire, C D'Souza
Prospective epidemiological studies have consistently demonstrated that cannabis use is associated with an increased subsequent risk of both psychotic symptoms and schizophrenia-like psychoses. Early onset of use, daily use of high-potency cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids carry the greatest risk. The risk-increasing effects are not explained by shared genetic predisposition between schizophrenia and cannabis use. Experimental studies in healthy humans show that cannabis and its active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can produce transient, dose-dependent, psychotic symptoms, as well as an array of psychosis-relevant behavioral, cognitive and psychophysiological effects; the psychotogenic effects can be ameliorated by cannabidiol (CBD)...
June 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634068/investigation-of-changes-in-endocannabinoids-and-n-acylethanolamides-in-biofluids-and-their-correlations-with-female-infertility
#3
Jun Ding, Xiao-Tong Luo, Yan-Ru Yao, Hua-Ming Xiao, Ming-Quan Guo
Female infertility is a worldwide medical problem, and the scarcity of infertility biomarkers has hindered the ability to launch preventive and therapeutic measures in a timely manner. Intriguingly, alterations in endocannabinoids (eCBs) and N-acylethanolamides (NAEs) have been observed in the biofluids of infertile females. Therefore, a hypothesis of using eCB and NAEs in biofluids as infertility biomarkers was proposed by several researchers; however, little evidence exists to verify the hypothesis. To investigate their correlations with female infertility, we developed a magnetic liquid microextraction-chemical derivatization (MLME-CD) method coupled with liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry for the quantification of eCBs and NAEs in biofluids...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633967/the-effects-of-chronic-faah-inhibition-on-myocardial-lipid-metabolism-in-normotensive-and-doca-salt-hypertensive-rats
#4
Agnieszka Polak, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska, Irena Kasacka, Anna Pędzińska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Adrian Chabowski
AIMS: There is significant evidence that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) takes part in the regulation of the cardiovascular system in hypertension. It is quite well established that hypertension causes several changes in the heart metabolism, but it is still unknown whether the ECS affects this process. Therefore, we investigated the influence of prolonged ECS activation on myocardial lipid metabolism in deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt hypertensive rats by chronic fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition...
June 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632393/the-antinociceptive-agent-sbfi-26-binds-to-anandamide-transporters-fabp5-and-fabp7-at-two-different-sites
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Hao-Chi Hsu, Simon Tong, Yuchen Zhou, Matthew W Elmes, Su Yan, Martin Kaczocha, Dale G Deutsch, Robert C Rizzo, Iwao Ojima, Huilin Li
Human FABP5 and FABP7 are intracellular endocannabinoid transporters. SBFI-26 is an -truxillic acid 1-naphthyl monoester that competitively inhibits the activities of FABP5 and FABP7 and produces antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in mice. The synthesis of SBFI-26 yields several stereoisomers, and it is not known how the inhibitor binds the transporters. Here we report co-crystal structures of SBFI-26 in complex with human FABP5 and FABP7 at a resolution of 2.2 Å and 1.9 Å, respectively. We found that only (S)-SBFI-26 was present in the crystal structures...
June 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631495/serum-endocannabinoids-in-assessing-pain-in-patients-with-chronic-pancreatitis-and-in-those-with-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Raffaele Pezzilli, Pierangela Ciuffreda, Roberta Ottria, Alessandro Ravelli, Gianvico Melzi d'Eril, Alessandra Barassi
BACKGROUND: The endocannabinoid system plays a substantial role in analgesia. AIM: To analyze N-arachidonoylethanolamine (AEA), N-oleoylethanolamine (OEA), linoleoyl ethanolamide (LEA), α-linoleoyl ethanolamine (α-LNEA), N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) and N-stearoyl ethanolamine (SEA) in two groups of patients having chronic pancreatic diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-six patients with chronic pancreatitis, 26 patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and 36 healthy subjects were studied...
June 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630452/remote-memories-are-enhanced-by-comt-activity-through-dysregulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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D Scheggia, E Zamberletti, N Realini, M Mereu, G Contarini, V Ferretti, F Managò, G Margiani, R Brunoro, T Rubino, M A De Luca, D Piomelli, D Parolaro, F Papaleo
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a crucial hub for the flexible modulation of recent memories (executive functions) as well as for the stable organization of remote memories. Dopamine in the PFC is implicated in both these processes and genetic variants affecting its neurotransmission might control the unique balance between cognitive stability and flexibility present in each individual. Functional genetic variants in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene result in a different catabolism of dopamine in the PFC...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630250/amplification-of-mglu5-endocannabinoid-signaling-rescues-behavioral-and-synaptic-deficits-in-a-mouse-model-of-adolescent-and-adult-dietary-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-imbalance
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Antonia Manduca, Anissa Bara, Thomas Larrieu, Olivier Lassalle, Corinne Joffre, Sophie Layé, Olivier J Manzoni
Energy-dense, yet nutritionally-poor food is a high-risk factor for mental health disorders. This is of particular concern during adolescence, a period often associated with increased consumption of low nutritional content food and higher prevalence of mental health disorders. Indeed, there is an urgent need to understand the mechanisms linking unhealthy diet and mental disorders. Deficiency in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFAs) is a hallmark of poor nutrition and mood disorders. Here, we developed a mouse model of n-3 PUFAs deficiency lasting from adolescence into adulthood...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625856/nitroglycerin-increases-serotonin-transporter-expression-in-rat-spinal-cord-but-anandamide-modulated-this-effect
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Gábor Nagy-Grócz, Zsuzsanna Bohár, Annamária Fejes-Szabó, Klaudia Flóra Laborc, Eleonóra Spekker, Lilla Tar, László Vécsei, Árpád Párdutz
Migraine is one of the most prevalent neurological diseases, which affects 16% of the total population. The exact pathomechanism of this disorder is still not well understood, but it seems that serotonin and its transporter have a crucial role in the pathogenesis. One of the animal models of migraine is the systemic administration of nitroglycerin (NTG), a nitric oxide (NO) donor. NO can initiate a central sensitization process in the trigeminal system, which is also present in migraineurs. Recent studies showed that the endocannabinoid system has a modulatory role on the trigeminal activation and sensitization...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625720/the-cannabinoid-system-and-pain
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REVIEW
Stephen G Woodhams, Victoria Chapman, David P Finn, Andrea G Hohmann, Volker Neugebauer
Chronic pain states are highly prevalent and yet poorly controlled by currently available analgesics, representing an enormous clinical, societal, and economic burden. Existing pain medications have significant limitations and adverse effects including tolerance, dependence, gastrointestinal dysfunction, cognitive impairment, and a narrow therapeutic window, making the search for novel analgesics ever more important. In this article, we review the role of an important endogenous pain control system, the endocannabinoid (EC) system, in the sensory, emotional, and cognitive aspects of pain...
June 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625718/synaptic-functions-of-endocannabinoid-signaling-in-health-and-disease
#11
REVIEW
Alfonso Araque, Pablo E Castillo, Olivier J Manzoni, Raffaella Tonini
Endocannabinoids (eCBs) are a family of lipid molecules that act as key regulators of synaptic transmission and plasticity. They are synthetized "on demand" following physiological and/or pathological stimuli. Once released from postsynaptic neurons, eCBs typically act as retrograde messengers to activate presynaptic type 1 cannabinoid receptors (CB1) and induce short- or long-term depression of neurotransmitter release. Besides this canonical mechanism of action, recent findings have revealed a number of less conventional mechanisms by which eCBs regulate neural activity and synaptic function, suggesting that eCB-mediated plasticity is mechanistically more diverse than anticipated...
June 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624572/role-of-beta-catenin-and-endocannabinoids-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-in-extinction-in-rats-exposed-to-shock-and-reminders
#12
Nachshon Korem, Rachel Lange, Cecilia J Hillard, Irit Akirav
The response to a traumatic experience may be rapid recovery or development of psychopathology such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Impaired extinction of fear memories is thought to contribute to the development of the persistent trauma memories and avoidance. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway and the endocannabinoid system appear to play significant roles in anxiety and depressive symptoms. Here we examined the involvement of β-catenin in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in extinction in rats exposed to the shock and reminders model of PTSD...
June 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624517/intra-accumbal-blockade-of-endocannabinoid-cb1-receptors-impairs-learning-but-not-retention-of-conditioned-relief
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Jorge R Bergado Acosta, Miriam Schneider, Markus Fendt
Humans and animals are able to associate an environmental cue with the feeling of relief from an aversive event, a phenomenon called relief learning. Relief from an aversive event is rewarding and a relief-associated cue later induces an attenuation of the startle magnitude or approach behavior. Previous studies demonstrated that the nucleus accumbens is essential for relief learning. Here, we asked whether accumbal cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors are involved in relief learning. In rats, we injected the CB1 receptor antagonist/inverse agonist SR141716A (rimonabant) directly into the nucleus accumbens at different time points during a relief learning experiment...
June 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611591/metabolism-of-the-endocannabinoid-anandamide-open-questions-after-25-years
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REVIEW
Mauro Maccarrone
Cannabis extracts have been used for centuries, but its main active principle ∆(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was identified about 50 years ago. Yet, it is only 25 years ago that the first endogenous ligand of the same receptors engaged by the cannabis agents was discovered. This "endocannabinoid (eCB)" was identified as N-arachidonoylethanolamine (or anandamide (AEA)), and was shown to have several receptors, metabolic enzymes and transporters that altogether drive its biological activity. Here I report on the latest advances about AEA metabolism, with the aim of focusing open questions still awaiting an answer for a deeper understanding of AEA activity, and for translating AEA-based drugs into novel therapeutics for human diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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/28610718/echinacea-purpurea-derived-alkylamides-exhibit-potent-anti-inflammatory-effects-and-alleviate-clinical-symptoms-of-atopic-eczema
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Attila Oláh, Judit Szabó-Papp, Michael Soeberdt, Ulrich Knie, Stephan Dähnhardt-Pfeiffer, Christoph Abels, Tamás Bíró
BACKGROUND: Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic inflammatory and pruritic skin disease. There is still an unmet need for topical anti-inflammatory and anti-pruritic substances exhibiting an excellent safety profile. The endocannabinoid system is known to regulate various aspects of cutaneous barrier and immune functions, thus targeting it may be a valid approach for alleviating the symptoms of AE. OBJECTIVE: To assess the putative efficacy of Echinacea purpurea-derived alkylamides (Ec...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608560/endocannabinoid-system-in-neurodegenerative-disorders
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REVIEW
Balapal S Basavarajappa, Madhu Shivakumar, Vikram Joshi, Shivakumar Subbanna
Most neurodegenerative disorders (NDDs) are characterized by cognitive impairment and other neurological defects. The definite cause of and pathways underlying the progression of these NDDs are not well defined. Several mechanisms have been proposed to contribute to the development of NDDs. These mechanisms may proceed concurrently or successively, and they differ among cell types at different developmental stages in distinct brain regions. The endocannabinoid system, which involves cannabinoid receptors type 1 (CB1R) and type 2 (CB2R), endogenous cannabinoids and the enzymes that catabolize these compounds, has been shown to contribute to the development of NDDs in several animal models and human studies...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608535/discovery-and-characterization-of-two-novel-cb1-receptor-splice-variants-with-modified-n-termini-in-mouse
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Sabine Ruehle, James Wager-Miller, Alex Straiker, Jill Farnsworth, Michelle N Murphy, Sebastian Loch, Krisztina Monory, Ken Mackie, Beat Lutz
Numerous studies have been carried out in the mouse model, investigating the role of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor. However, mouse CB1 (mCB1) receptor differs from human CB1 (hCB1) receptor in 13 amino acid residues. Two splice variants, hCB1a and hCB1b, diverging in their amino-termini, have been reported to be unique for hCB1 and, via different signaling properties, contribute to CB1 receptor physiology and pathophysiology. We hypothesized that splice variants also exist for the mCB1 receptor and have different signaling properties...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606779/2-arachidonoylglycerol-as-a-possible-treatment-for-anorexia-nervosa-in-animal-model-in-mice
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Y Avraham, I Paturski, I Magen, L Vorobiev, E M Berry
We have investigated the effects of 0.001mg/kg 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) administered in combination with compounds present in the body alongside 2-AG like 2-palmitoylglycerol and 2-linoleylglycerol (also termed "entourage"), on cognitive function,food intake, and neurotransmitter levels in the hippocampus and hypothalamus of mice under diet restriction. Young female Sabra mice were treated with vehicle, 2-AG, 2-AG + entourage, 2-AG + entourage + 5-(4-Chlorophenyl)-1-(2,4-dichloro-phenyl)- 4-methyl-N-(piperidin-1-yl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxamide (SR141716A, a CB1 antagonist) and SR141716A...
June 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595673/neonatal-dna-methylation-and-early-onset-conduct-problems-a-genome-wide-prospective-study
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Charlotte A M Cecil, Esther Walton, Sara R Jaffee, Tom O'Connor, Barbara Maughan, Caroline L Relton, Rebecca G Smith, Wendy McArdle, Tom R Gaunt, Isabelle Ouellet-Morin, Edward D Barker
Early-onset conduct problems (CP) are a key predictor of adult criminality and poor mental health. While previous studies suggest that both genetic and environmental risks play an important role in the development of early-onset CP, little is known about potential biological processes underlying these associations. In this study, we examined prospective associations between DNA methylation (cord blood at birth) and trajectories of CP (4-13 years), using data drawn from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children...
June 9, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
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