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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329382/adolescent-synthetic-cannabinoid-exposure-produces-enduring-changes-in-dopamine-neuron-activity-in-a-rodent-model-of-schizophrenia-susceptibility
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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/29285108/elevation-of-arachidonoylethanolamide-levels-by-activation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-protects-against-colitis-and-ameliorates-remote-organ-lesions-in-mice
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Xiaolin Zhao, Peng Liang, Jin Liu, Haixia Jiang, Xiaoshuai Fan, Guo Chen, Cheng Zhou
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a potential pharmaceutical target for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). The aim of this study was to explore the effects of activation of the ECS on IBD and the associated neural inflammation-induced disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In a mouse model of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid-induced colitis, the inhibition of fatty acid amide hydrolase with URB597 elevated the arachidonoylethanolamide concentration of the colon. Macroscopic alterations of the colons were evaluated, and the 7-day survival rate of mice was analyzed...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197803/redox-system-and-phospholipid-metabolism-in-the-kidney-of-hypertensive-rats-after-faah-inhibitor-urb597-administration
#3
Michał Biernacki, Ewa Ambrożewicz, Agnieszka Gęgotek, Marek Toczek, Katarzyna Bielawska, Elżbieta Skrzydlewska
Primary and secondary hypertension is associated with kidney redox imbalance resulting in enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and enzymes dependent phospholipid metabolism. The fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor, URB597, modulates the levels of endocannabinoids, particularly of anandamide, which is responsible for controlling blood pressure and regulating redox balance. Therefore, this study aimed to compare the effects of chronic URB597 administration to spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and rats with secondary hypertension (DOCA-salt rats) on the kidney metabolism associated with the redox and endocannabinoid systems...
November 27, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186065/binge-alcohol-exposure-transiently-changes-the-endocannabinoid-system-a-potential-target-to-prevent-alcohol-induced-neurodegeneration
#4
Daniel J Liput, James R Pauly, Audra L Stinchcomb, Kimberly Nixon
Excessive alcohol consumption leads to neurodegeneration, which contributes to cognitive decline that is associated with alcohol use disorders (AUDs). The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the development of AUDs, but little is known about how the neurotoxic effects of alcohol impact the endocannabinoid system. Therefore, the current study investigated the effects of neurotoxic, binge-like alcohol exposure on components of the endocannabinoid system and related N-acylethanolamines (NAEs), and then evaluated the efficacy of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition on attenuating alcohol-induced neurodegeneration...
November 29, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169961/the-cannabinoid-transporter-inhibitor-omdm-2-reduces-social-interaction-further-evidence-for-transporter-mediated-endocannabinoid-release
#5
Alexandre Seillier, Andrea Giuffrida
Experimental evidence suggests that the transport of endocannabinoids might work bi-directionally. Accordingly, it is possible that pharmacological blockade of the latter affects not only the re-uptake, but also the release of endocannabinoids, thus preventing them from stimulating CB1 receptors. We used biochemical, pharmacological, and behavioral approaches to investigate the effects of the transporter inhibitor OMDM-2 on social interaction, a behavioral assay that requires activation of CB1 receptors. The underlying mechanisms of OMDM-2 were compared with those of the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor URB597...
November 21, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156899/modulating-the-endocannabinoid-pathway-as-treatment-for-peripheral-neuropathic-pain-a-selected-review-of-preclinical-studies
#6
Shannon O'Hearn, Patrick Diaz, Bo Angela Wan, Carlo DeAngelis, Nicholas Lao, Leila Malek, Edward Chow, Alexia Blake
Chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain is a distressing and commonly occurring side effect of many commonly used chemotherapeutic agents, which in some cases may prevent cancer patients from being able to complete their treatment. Cannabinoid based therapies have the potential to manage or even prevent pain associated with this syndrome. Pre-clinical animal studies that investigate the modulation of the endocannabinoid system (endogenous cannabinoid pathway) are being conducted to better understand the mechanisms behind this phenomenon...
August 31, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071769/inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-in-the-central-amygdala-alleviates-co-morbid-expression-of-innate-anxiety-and-excessive-alcohol-intake
#7
Serena Stopponi, Yannick Fotio, Ana Domi, Anna Maria Borruto, Luis Natividad, Marisa Roberto, Roberto Ciccocioppo, Nazzareno Cannella
Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) is an enzyme that prominently degrades the major endocannabinoid N-arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide). Inhibition of this enzyme leads to increased anandamide levels in brain regions that modulate stress and anxiety. Recently, we found that genetically selected Marchigian Sardinian alcohol-preferring (msP) rats display hyperactive FAAH in amygdalar regions that was associated with increased stress sensitivity and a hyper-anxious phenotype. Our previous work has also demonstrated that msPs display an innate preference for and excessive consumption of alcohol, potentially reflecting a form of self-medication to gain relief from hyper-anxious states...
October 26, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038048/the-influence-of-doca-salt-hypertension-and-chronic-administration-of-the-faah-inhibitor-urb597-on-kca2-3-kca3-1-edh-type-relaxation-in-rat-small-mesenteric-arteries
#8
Monika Kloza, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Barbara Malinowska, Olga Karpińska, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Irena Kasacka, Hanna Kozłowska
The aim of this study was to examine the influence of deoxycorticosterone acetate-salt (DOCA-salt) hypertension and chronic treatment with the fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor, URB597, on small and intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channels and endothelium-dependent hyperpolarization (KCa2.3/KCa3.1-EDH) in rat small mesenteric arteries (sMAs). The EDH-type response was investigated, in endothelium-intact sMAs using a wire myograph, by examining acetylcholine-evoked vasorelaxation in the presence of N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester and indomethacin (inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase, respectively)...
October 14, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976704/human-serum-albumin-a-modulator-of-cannabinoid-drugs
#9
Loris Leboffe, Alessandra di Masi, Viviana Trezza, Fabio Polticelli, Paolo Ascenzi
The endocannabinoid system is a unique neuromodulatory system that affects a wide range of biological processes and maintains the homeostasis in all mammal body systems. In recent years, several pharmacological tools to target endocannabinoid neurotransmission have been developed, including direct and indirect cannabinoid agonists and cannabinoid antagonists. Due to their hydrophobic nature, cannabinoid agonists and antagonists need to bind specific transporters to allow their distribution in body fluids. Human serum albumin (HSA), the most abundant plasma protein, is a key determinant of drug pharmacokinetics...
November 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963903/fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-inhibitor-urb597-may-protect-against-kainic-acid-induced-damage-to-hippocampal-neurons-dependence-on-the-degree-of-injury
#10
Irina B Mikheeva, Liubov Shubina, Nataliya Matveeva, Luybov L Pavlik, Valentina F Kitchigina
OBJECTIVE: Status epilepticus (SE) provokes changes, which lead to neuronal alterations. Endocannabinoids (eCBs) can affect the neuronal survival during excitotoxicity and brain damage. Using a kainic acid (KA)-induced experimental SE model, we investigated whether cellular changes entail damage to endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, and nuclei in hippocampal cells (CA1 field), and whether these alterations can be diminished by treatment with URB597, an inhibitor of eCB enzymatic degradation...
September 22, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947487/cannabinoid-cb1-discrimination-effects-of-endocannabinoids-and-catabolic-enzyme-inhibitors
#11
Michael Z Leonard, Shakiru O Alapafuja, Lipin Ji, Vidyanand G Shukla, Yingpeng Liu, Spyros P Nikas, Alexandros Makriyannis, Jack Bergman, Brian D Kangas
An improved understanding of the endocannabinoid system has provided new avenues of drug discovery and development toward the management of pain and other behavioral maladies. Exogenous cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptor agonists such as Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol are increasingly used for their medicinal actions; however, their utility is constrained by concern regarding abuse-related subjective effects. This has led to growing interest in the clinical benefit of indirectly enhancing the activity of the highly labile endocannabinoids N-arachidonoylethanolamine [AEA (or anandamide)] and/or 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) via catabolic enzyme inhibition...
December 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894217/the-faah-inhibitor-urb597-suppresses-hippocampal-maximal-dentate-afterdischarges-and-restores-seizure-induced-impairment-of-short-and-long-term-synaptic-plasticity
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Roberto Colangeli, Massimo Pierucci, Arcangelo Benigno, Giuseppe Campiani, Sefania Butini, Giuseppe Di Giovanni
Synthetic cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids have been shown to suppress seizures both in humans and experimental models of epilepsy. However, they generally have a detrimental effect on memory and memory-related processes. Here we compared the effect of the inhibition of the endocannabinoid (eCB) degradation versus synthetic CB agonist on limbic seizures induced by maximal dentate activation (MDA) acute kindling. Moreover, we investigated the dentate gyrus (DG) granule cell reactivity and synaptic plasticity in naïve and in MDA-kindled anaesthetised rats...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890367/enhanced-anandamide-signaling-reduces-flight-behavior-elicited-by-an-approaching-robo-beetle
#13
Daniel E Heinz, Andreas Genewsky, Carsten T Wotjak
Our current knowledge of the implications of endocannabinoids in fear and anxiety is largely based on fear conditioning paradigms and approach-avoidance conflicts. Here we establish the ethobehavioral beetle mania task (BMT), which confronts mice with an erratically moving robo-beetle. With the help of this task we demonstrate decreased tolerance yet increased avoidance responses to an approaching beetle in high-anxiety behavior (HAB) and BALBc mice compared to C57BL/6N, CD1 and normal-anxiety behavior (NAB) mice...
September 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
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/28803323/effect-of-footshock-stress-on-place-conditioning-produced-by-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-and-the-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-faah-inhibitor-urb597-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#15
Marieka V DeVuono, Kiri L Wills, Danielle V MacPherson, Kelly M Hrelja, Linda A Parker
RATIONALE: Unlike other drugs of abuse, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocanabinol (THC) is generally aversive in rodent conditioned place preference models, but little is known about how stress may modify THC affective properties. OBJECTIVE: We evaluate the potential of footshock stress to enhance the rewarding effects of THC and the fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor, URB597, as it has been shown to enhance their anxiolytic effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of footshock stress 24 h prior to each conditioning trial on the rewarding/aversive effects of THC (1, 0...
November 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771697/effects-of-centrally-administered-endocannabinoids-and-opioids-on-orofacial-pain-perception-in-rats
#16
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 the orofacial region are largely unknown. In this study, we tried to determine whether an increase in cannabinoid and opioid concentration in the CSF affects impulse transmission between the motor centres localized in the vicinity of the third and fourth cerebral ventricles. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The study objectives were realized on rats using a method that allows the recording of the amplitude of evoked tongue jerks (ETJ) in response to noxious tooth pulp stimulation...
November 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754373/cannabidiol-disrupts-the-consolidation-of-specific-and-generalized-fear-memories-via-dorsal-hippocampus-cb1-and-cb2-receptors
#17
Cristina A J Stern, Thiago R da Silva, Ana M Raymundi, Camila P de Souza, Vinicius A Hiroaki-Sato, Luiza Kato, Francisco S Guimarães, Roberto Andreatini, Reinaldo N Takahashi, Leandro J Bertoglio
Pharmacological interventions able to modulate a fear memory while it is consolidated could have therapeutic value in tempering those maladaptively overconsolidated. Animal and human studies have shown the intensity of unconditioned stimulus delivered during fear conditioning influences qualitative and quantitative aspects of the memory to be established. By varying the shock intensity used for contextual pairing in rats, here we induced specific and more generalized long-term fear memories to investigate whether, how and where in the brain the cannabidiol (CBD; 3...
October 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730283/blockade-of-alcohol-escalation-and-relapse-drinking-by-pharmacological-faah-inhibition-in-male-and-female-c57bl-6j-mice
#18
Yan Zhou, Benjamin I Schwartz, Joanna Giza, Steven S Gross, Francis S Lee, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND: Anandamide (AEA)-dependent signaling is regulated by the catabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Several lines of evidence have demonstrated that FAAH and AEA are involved in the behavioral effects of alcohol. Therefore, we investigated whether a selective FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (cyclohexylcarbamic acid 3'-[aminocarbonyl]-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl ester), altered alcohol intake in mice in a voluntary alcohol drinking model. METHODS: Mice, subjected to 3 weeks of chronic intermittent access (IA) in a two-bottle choice paradigm with 24-h access every other day, developed rapid escalation of alcohol intake and high preference...
October 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726298/faah-but-not-magl-inhibition-modulates-acute-tlr3-induced-neuroimmune-signaling-in-the-rat-independent-of-sex
#19
Lisa E Flannery, Rebecca J Henry, Daniel M Kerr, David P Finn, Michelle Roche
Toll-like receptor (TLR)3 is a key component of the innate immune response to viral infection. The present study firstly examined whether sex differences exist in TLR3-induced inflammatory, endocrine, and sickness responses. The data revealed that TLR3-induced expression of interferon- or NFkB-inducible genes (IFN-α/β, IP-10, or TNF-α), either peripherally (spleen) or centrally (hypothalamus), did not differ between male and female rats, with the exception of TLR3-induced IFN-α expression in the spleen of female, but not male, rats 8 hr post TLR3 activation...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667676/cannabinoids-prevent-the-differential-long-term-effects-of-exposure-to-severe-stress-on-hippocampal-and-amygdala-dependent-memory-and-plasticity
#20
Noa Shoshan, Amir Segev, Hila Abush, Tomer Mizrachi Zer-Aviv, Irit Akirav
Exposure to excessive or uncontrolled stress is a major factor associated with various diseases including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The consequences of exposure to trauma are affected not only by aspects of the event itself, but also by the frequency and severity of trauma reminders. It was suggested that in PTSD, hippocampal-dependent memory is compromised while amygdala-dependent memory is strengthened. Several lines of evidence support the role of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system as a modulator of the stress response...
July 1, 2017: Hippocampus
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