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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821005/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabidiol-in-the-pentylenetetrazole-model-pharmacological-mechanisms-electroencephalographic-profile-and-brain-cytokine-levels
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Luciano R Vilela, Isabel V Lima, Érica B Kunsch, Hyorrana Priscila P Pinto, Aline S de Miranda, Érica Leandro M Vieira, Antônio Carlos P de Oliveira, Marcio Flávio D Moraes, Antônio L Teixeira, Fabricio A Moreira
Cannabidiol (CBD), the main nonpsychotomimetic compound from Cannabis sativa, inhibits experimental seizures in animal models and alleviates certain types of intractable epilepsies in patients. Its pharmacological profile, however, is still uncertain. Here we tested the hypothesis that CBD anticonvulsant mechanisms are prevented by cannabinoid (CB1 and CB2) and vanilloid (TRPV1) receptor blockers. We also investigated its effects on electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and hippocampal cytokines in the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820005/inhibition-of-endocannabinoid-metabolizing-enzymes-in-peripheral-tissues-following-developmental-chlorpyrifos-exposure-in-rats
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Robert W Buntyn, Navatha Alugubelly, Rachel L Hybart, Afzaal N Mohammed, Carole A Nail, Greta C Parker, Matthew K Ross, Russell L Carr
Repeated developmental exposure to the organophosphate (OP) insecticide chlorpyrifos (CPF) inhibits brain fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) activity at low levels, whereas at higher levels, it inhibits brain monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) activity. FAAH and MAGL hydrolyze the endocannabinoids anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG), respectively. Peripherally, AEA and 2-AG have physiological roles in the regulation of lipid metabolism and immune function, and altering the normal levels of these lipid mediators can negatively affect these processes...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818702/the-effects-of-cannabinoid-receptors-activation-and-glucocorticoid-receptors-deactivation-in-the-amygdala-and-hippocampus-on-the-consolidation-of-a-traumatic-event
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Noa Shoshan, Irit Akirav
Ample evidence demonstrates that fear learning contributes significantly to many anxiety pathologies including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The endocannabinoid (eCB) system may offer therapeutic benefits for PTSD and it is a modulator of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. Here we compared the separated and combined effects of blocking glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) using the GR antagonist RU486 and enhancing CB1r signaling using the CB1/2 receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 in the CA1 and basolateral amygdala (BLA) on the consolidation of traumatic memory...
August 14, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818631/topical-medical-cannabis-tmc-a-new-treatment-for-wound-pain-three-cases-of-pyoderma-gangrenosum
#4
Vincent Maida, Jason Corban
Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare. Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal. Thus, novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated. The ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816506/inhibition-of-monoacylglycerol-lipase-another-signalling-pathway-for-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-migraine
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Rosaria Greco, Chiara Demartini, Anna Maria Zanaboni, Laura Berliocchi, Daniele Piomelli, Cristina Tassorelli
Background Drugs that modulate endocannabinoid signalling are effective in reducing nociception in animal models of pain and may be of value in the treatment of migraine. Methods We investigated the anti-nociceptive effects of inhibition of monoacylglycerol lipase (MGL), a key enzyme in the hydrolysis of the 2-arachidonoylglycerol, in a rat model of migraine based on nitroglycerin (NTG) administration. We evaluated c-fos expression in specific brain areas and nociceptive behavior in trigeminal and extra-trigeminal body areas...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816239/hippocampal-protein-kinase-c-signaling-mediates-the-short-term-memory-impairment-induced-by-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol
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Arnau Busquets-Garcia, Maria Gomis-González, Victòria Salgado-Mendialdúa, Lorena Galera-López, Emma Puighermanal, Elena Martín-García, Rafael Maldonado, Andrés Ozaita
Cannabis affects cognitive performance through the activation of the endocannabinoid system, and the molecular mechanisms involved in this process are poorly understood. Using the novel object-recognition memory test in mice, we found that the main psychoactive component of cannabis, delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), alters short-term object-recognition memory specifically involving protein kinase C (PKC)-dependent signaling. Indeed, the systemic or intra-hippocampal pre-treatment with the PKC inhibitors, prevented the short-term, but not the long-term, memory impairment induced by THC...
August 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814985/activation-of-endocannabinoid-receptor-2-as-a-mechanism-of-propofol-pretreatment-induced-cardioprotection-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Hai-Jing Sun, Yan Lu, Hao-Wei Wang, Hao Zhang, Shuang-Ran Wang, Wen-Yun Xu, Hai-Long Fu, Xue-Ya Yao, Feng Yang, Hong-Bin Yuan
Propofol pretreatment before reperfusion, or propofol conditioning, has been shown to be cardioprotective, while its mechanism is unclear. The current study investigated the roles of endocannabinoid signaling in propofol cardioprotection in an in vivo model of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and in in vitro primary cardiomyocyte hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury. The results showed that propofol conditioning increased both serum and cell culture media concentrations of endocannabinoids including anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) detected by LC-MS/MS...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811049/marijuana-and-cannabinoids-in-esrd-and-earlier-stages-of-ckd
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Joshua L Rein, Christina M Wyatt
Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug in the United States, and legal recreational and medicinal use has gained public acceptance during the last decade. Twenty-nine US states have established medical marijuana programs, 8 of which have also legalized recreational marijuana, and Canada is expected to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018. Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are chronic conditions with significant associated morbidity and mortality. Patients experience substantial symptom burden that is frequently undertreated due to adverse medication side effects...
August 12, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810692/resveratrol-protects-from-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammation-in-the-uterus-and-prevents-experimental-preterm-birth
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María Victoria Bariani, Fernando Correa, Emma Leishman, Ana Paula Domínguez Rubio, Andreína Arias, Aníbal Stern, Heather B Bradshaw, Ana María Franchi
STUDY QUESTION: Is resveratrol able to prevent the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced preterm labor in 15-day pregnant BALB/c mice? SUMMARY ANSWER: Resveratrol prevented the LPS-induced onset of preterm labor in 64% of the cases and showed anti-inflammatory and tocolytic effects by downregulating COX-2 and iNOS expression and NOS activity, and by changing the uterine prostaglandin and endocannabinoid profiling. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Genital tract infections by Gram-negative bacteria are a common complication in human pregnancy and have been shown to increase risk of preterm delivery...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808587/oral-administration-of-the-endocannabinoid-anandamide-during-lactation-effects-on-hypothalamic-cannabinoid-type-1-receptor-and-food-intake-in-adult-mice
#10
Carolina Aguirre, Valeska Castillo, Miguel Llanos
We have previously shown that administration of the endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) during lactation leads to overweight, increased body fat accumulation, and insulin resistance in adult mice. This study was designed to elucidate if these effects are due to increased food intake, stimulated by an augmented abundance and binding ability of the hypothalamic cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R). With this aim, male mice pups were treated with a daily oral dose of AEA during lactation. Adult mice were also treated with a single oral dose of AEA, to evaluate acute food intake during 4 h...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803438/inhibitor-of-endocannabinoid-deactivation-protects-against-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-neurotoxic-effects-of-paraoxon
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Karen L G Farizatto, Sara A McEwan, Vinogran Naidoo, Spyros P Nikas, Vidyanand G Shukla, Michael F Almeida, Aaron Byrd, Heather Romine, David A Karanian, Alexandros Makriyannis, Ben A Bahr
The anticholinesterase paraoxon (Pxn) is related to military nerve agents that increase acetylcholine levels, trigger seizures, and cause excitotoxic damage in the brain. In rat hippocampal slice cultures, high-dose Pxn was applied resulting in a presynaptic vulnerability evidenced by a 64% reduction in synapsin IIb (syn IIb) levels, whereas the postsynaptic protein GluR1 was unchanged. Other signs of Pxn-induced cytotoxicity include the oxidative stress-related production of stable 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE)-protein adducts...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799775/a-review-of-the-therapeutic-antitumor-potential-of-cannabinoids
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Višnja Bogdanović, Jasminka Mrdjanović, Ivana Borišev
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review is to discuss cannabinoids from a preclinical and clinical oncological perspective and provide the audience with a concise, retrospective overview of the most significant findings concerning the potential use of cannabinoids in cancer treatment. METHODS: A literature survey of medical and scientific databases was conducted with a focus on the biological and medical potential of cannabinoids in cancer treatment. RESULTS: Cannabis sativa is a plant rich in more than 100 types of cannabinoids...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799288/neuroprotective-activity-of-cannabinoid-receptor-2-against-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-rat-pups-having-experimentally-induced-congenital-hypothyroidism
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Mehmet Eray Alcigir, Halef Okan Dogan, Sevil Atalay Vural, Fatma Meriç Yilmaz
In this study, it was aimed to show the cannabinoid receptor-2 (CB2) role, which is a part of neuroprotective endocannabinoidal system, against increasing nitric oxide synthetase (iNOS, eNOS) levels and the apoptotic activity (caspase-3, caspase-9 and DNA in situ fragmentation) within the postnatal critical period in pups of pregnant rats with artificially induced maternal thyroid hormone (TH) deficiency. Each of the 3 groups established comprised 1 male and 2 female rats, and they were coupled. Their pups were used...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790443/endocannabinoid-tone-is-higher-in-healthy-lean-south-asian-than-white-caucasian-men
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Vasudev Kantae, Kimberly J Nahon, Maaike E Straat, Leontine E H Bakker, Amy C Harms, Mario van der Stelt, Thomas Hankemeier, Ingrid M Jazet, Mariëtte R Boon, Patrick C N Rensen
South Asians have a higher risk to develop obesity and related disorders compared to white Caucasians. This is likely in part due to their lower resting energy expenditure (REE) as related with less energy-combusting brown adipose tissue (BAT). Since overactivation of the endocannabinoid system is associated with obesity and low BAT activity, we hypothesized that South Asians have a higher endocannabinoid tone. Healthy lean white Caucasian (n = 10) and South Asian (n = 10) men were cold-exposed to activate BAT...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789932/the-effects-of-anandamide-and-oleamide-on-cognition-depend-on-diurnal-variations
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Pavel E Rueda-Orozco, Corinne J Montes-Rodriguez Cj, Alejandra E Ruiz-Contreras, Monica Mendez-Diaz, Oscar Prospero-Garcia
Cannabinergic receptor 1 (CB1r) is highly expressed in almost the entire brain; hence, its activation affects diverse functions, including cognitive processes such as learning and memory. On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that CB1r expression fluctuates along the light-dark cycle. In this context, the objective of this work was to characterize the cannabinergic influence over cognitive processes and its relationship with the light-dark cycle. To this aim we studied the effects of two endogenous cannabinoids, anandamide (AEA) and oleamide (ODA), on the consolidation of memory and event-related potentials (ERPs) depending on the light-dark cycle...
August 5, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771697/effects-of-centrally-administered-endocannabinoids-and-opioids-on-orofacial-pain-perception-in-rats
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Marek Zubrzycki, Anna Janecka, Andreas Liebold, Mechthild Ziegler, Maria Zubrzycka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Endocannabinoids and opioids play a vital role in mediating pain-induced analgesia. The specific effects of these compounds within orofacial region are largely unknown. In this study we tried to determine whether the increase of cannabinoid and opioid concentration in cerebrospinal fluid affects impulse transmission between the motor centers localized in the vicinity of the third and fourth cerebral ventricles. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The study objectives were realized on rats using the method allowing to record the amplitude of evoked tongue jerks (ETJ) in response to noxious tooth pulp stimulation...
August 3, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768662/stimulation-of-diuresis-and-natriuresis-by-renomedullary-infusion-of-a-dual-inhibitor-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-and-monoacylglycerol-lipase
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Ashfaq Ahmad, Zdravka Daneva, Guangbi Li, Sara K Dempsey, Ningjun Li, Justin Poklis, Aron Lichtman, Pin-Lan Li, Joseph Kraft Ritter
The renal medulla, considered critical for the regulation of salt and water balance and long-term blood pressure control, is enriched in anandamide and two of its major metabolizing enzymes, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Infusion of anandamide (15, 30 and 60 nmol/min/kg) into the renal medulla of C57BL/6J mice stimulated diuresis and salt excretion in a COX-2- but not COX-1-dependent manner. To determine if endogenous endocannabinoids in the renal medulla can elicit similar effects, the effects of intramedullary isopropyl dodecyl fluorophosphate (IDFP), which inhibits the two major endocannabinoid hydrolases, were studied...
August 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767505/age-dependent-plasticity-in-endocannabinoid-modulation-of-pain-processing-through-postnatal-development
#18
Charlie H-T Kwok, Ian M Devonshire, Amer Imraish, Charles M Greenspon, Stevie Lockwood, Catherine Fielden, Andrew Cooper, Stephen Woodhams, Sarir Sarmad, Catherine A Ortori, David A Barrett, David Kendall, Andrew J Bennett, Victoria Chapman, Gareth J Hathway
Significant age and experience-dependent remodelling of spinal and supraspinal neural networks occur resulting in altered pain responses in early life. In adults endogenous opioid peptide and endocannabinoid (ECs) pain control systems exist which modify pain responses but the role they play in acute responses to pain and postnatal neurodevelopment is unknown. Here we have studied the changing role of the ECs in brainstem nuclei essential for the control of nociception from birth to adulthood in both rat and human...
August 1, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766743/mouse-retinal-ganglion-cell-signalling-is-dynamically-modulated-through-parallel-anterograde-activation-of-cannabinoid-and-vanilloid-pathways
#19
Andrew O Jo, Jennifer M Noel, Monika Lakk, Oleg Yarishkin, Daniel A Ryskamp, Koji Shibasaki, Maureen A McCall, David Križaj
How retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) process and integrate synaptic, mechanical, swelling stimuli with light inputs is an area of intense debate. The nociceptive cation channel TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1) modulates RGC Ca(2+) signals and excitability yet the proportion of RGCs that express it remains unclear. Further, TRPV1's response to endocannabinoids (eCBs), the putative endogenous retinal activators unknown, as is the potential modulation by cannabinoid receptors (CBRs). The expression of TRPV1 in RGCs from the Ai9:Trpv1 reporter mouse was nonuniform with peak density in the early- and mid-peripheral retina...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765608/endocannabinoid-modulation-of-stimulus-specific-adaptation-in-inferior-colliculus-neurons-of-the-rat
#20
C Valdés-Baizabal, G G Parras, Y A Ayala, M S Malmierca
Cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) are widely distributed in the brain, including the inferior colliculus (IC). Here, we aim to study whether endocannabinoids influence a specific type of neuronal adaptation, namely, stimulus-specific adaptation (SSA) found in some IC neurons. SSA is important because it has been found as early as the level of the midbrain and therefore it may be a neuronal correlate of early indices of deviance detection. Furthermore, recent studies have demonstrated a direct link between SSA and MMN, that is widely used as an outcome measure in a variety of human neurodegenerative disorders...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
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