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CB1 and CB2 receptors

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
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
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...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience
Mikuláš Pura, Peter Vaňuga
Recent studies suggest an important role for the skeletal endocannabinoid system in the regulation of bone mass in both physiological and pathological conditions. Both major endocannabinoids (anandamid and 2-arachidonoylglycerol), endocannabinoid receptors - CB1-receptor (CB1R) a CB2-receptor (CB2R) and the endocannabinoid metabolizing enzymes are present or expressed in osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Previous studies identified multiple risk and protective variants of CNR2 gene dealing with the relationship to bone density and/or osteoporosis...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
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...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience
Klaudyna Fidyt, Anna Fiedorowicz, Leon Strządała, Antoni Szumny
Natural bicyclic sesquiterpenes, β-caryophyllene (BCP) and β-caryophyllene oxide (BCPO), are present in a large number of plants worldwide. Both BCP and BCPO (BCP(O)) possess significant anticancer activities, affecting growth and proliferation of numerous cancer cells. Nevertheless, their antineoplastic effects have hardly been investigated in vivo. In addition, both compounds potentiate the classical drug efficacy by augmenting their concentrations inside the cells. The mechanisms underlying the anticancer activities of these sesquiterpenes are poorly described...
September 30, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Valerio Chiurchiù, Cinzia Rapino, Emanuela Talamonti, Alessandro Leuti, Mirko Lanuti, Audrey Gueniche, Roland Jourdain, Lionel Breton, Mauro Maccarrone
The endocannabinoid system comprises cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2), their endogenous ligands, anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol, and metabolic enzymes of these ligands. The endocannabinoid system has recently been implicated in the regulation of various pathophysiological processes of the skin that include immune competence and/or tolerance of keratinocytes, the disruption of which might promote the development of skin diseases. Recent evidence showed that CB1 in keratinocytes limits the secretion of proinflammatory chemokines, suggesting that this receptor might also regulate T cell dependent inflammatory diseases of the skin...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Gemma Navarro, Paula Morales, Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Nadine Jagerovic, Rafael Franco
Endocannabinoids activate two types of specific G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), namely cannabinoid CB1 and CB2. Contrary to the psychotropic actions of agonists of CB1 receptors, and serious side effects of the selective antagonists of this receptor, drugs acting on CB2 receptors appear as promising drugs to combat CNS diseases (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea, cerebellar ataxia, amyotrohic lateral sclerosis). Differential localization of CB2 receptors in neural cell types and upregulation in neuroinflammation are keys to understand the therapeutic potential in inter alia diseases that imply progressive neurodegeneration...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Rita Citraro, Emilio Russo, Antonio Leo, Roberto Russo, Carmen Avagliano, Michele Navarra, Antonio Calignano, Giovambattista De Sarro
We evaluated the effects of ACEA (selective cannabinoid (CB)1 receptor agonist), WIN 55,212-2 mesylate (WIN; non-selective CB1 and CB2 receptor agonist) and N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA; an endogenous fatty acid of ethanolamide) in DBA/2 mice, a genetic model of reflex audiogenic epilepsy. PEA, ACEA or WIN intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration decreased the severity of tonic-clonic seizures. We also studied the effects of PEA, WIN or ACEA after co-administration with NIDA-41020 (CB1 receptor antagonist) or GW6471 (PPAR-α antagonist) and compared the effects of WIN, ACEA and PEA in order to clarify their mechanisms of action...
September 20, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Francisco Javier Pavón, Eva María Marco, Mariam Vázquez, Laura Sánchez, Patricia Rivera, Ana Gavito, Virginia Mela, Francisco Alén, Juan Decara, Juan Suárez, Elena Giné, José Antonio López-Moreno, Julie Chowen, Fernando Rodríguez-de-Fonseca, Antonia Serrano, María Paz Viveros
Intermittent alcohol exposure is a common pattern of alcohol consumption among adolescents and alcohol is known to modulate the expression of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in metabolism and inflammation. However, it is unknown whether this pattern may have short-term consequences on the ECS in the spleen. To address this question, we examined the plasma concentrations of metabolic and inflammatory signals and the splenic ECS in early adult rats exposed to alcohol during adolescence. A 4-day drinking in the dark (DID) procedure for 4 weeks was used as a model of intermittent forced-alcohol administration (20%, v/v) in female and male Wistar rats, which were sacrificed 2 weeks after the last DID session...
2016: PloS One
Valerie C M Shang, David A Kendall, Richard E Roberts
Despite pharmacological treatment, bronchial hyperresponsiveness continues to deteriorate as airway remodelling persists in airway inflammation. Previous studies have demonstrated that the phytocannabinoid Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reverses bronchoconstriction with an anti-inflammatory action. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of THC on bronchial epithelial cell permeability after exposure to the pro-inflammatory cytokine, TNFα. Calu-3 bronchial epithelial cells were cultured at air-liquid interface...
September 15, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
Christopher P Stanley, William H Hind, Christina Tufarelli, Saoirse E O'Sullivan
The endocannabinoid anandamide (AEA) causes vasorelaxation in animal studies. Although circulating AEA levels are increased in many pathologies, little is known about its vascular effects in humans. The aim of this work was to characterise the effects of AEA in human arteries. Ethical approval was granted to obtain mesenteric arteries from patients (n=31) undergoing bowel resection. Wire myography was used to probe the effects and mechanisms of action of AEA. RT-PCR was used to confirm the presence of receptor mRNA in human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) and intracellular signalling proteins were measured using multiplex technology...
September 12, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Andrea Chicca, Chiara Arena, Clementina Manera
BACKGROUND: Anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) are signalling lipids which belong to the class of endocannabinoids (ECs) and exert their actions by activating cannabinoid receptor type-1 (CB1) and type-2 (CB2). These receptors are involved in many physiological and pathological processes in the central nervous system (CNS) and in peripheral organs. Despite many potent and selective ligands for cannabinoid receptors have been generated over the last two decades, this class of compounds achieved only a very limited therapeutic success, mainly because of the CB1-mediated side effects...
June 3, 2016: Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery
Antonio Dore, Battistina Asproni, Alessia Scampuddu, Stefania Gessi, Gabriele Murineddu, Elena Cichero, Paola Fossa, Stefania Merighi, Serena Bencivenni, Gérard A Pinna
Pyrazolo[5,1-f][1,6]naphthyridine-carboxamide derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for the affinity at CB1 and CB2 receptors. Based on the AgOTf and proline-cocatalyzed multicomponent methodology, the ethyl 5-(p-tolyl)pyrazolo[5,1-f][1,6]naphthyridine-2-carboxylate (12) and ethyl 5-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)pyrazolo[5,1-f][1,6]naphthyridine-2-carboxylate (13) intermediates were synthesized from the appropriate o-alkynylaldehydes, p-toluenesulfonyl hydrazide and ethyl pyruvate. Most of the novel compounds feature a p-tolyl (8a-i) or a 2,4-dichlorophenyl (8j) motif at the C5-position of the tricyclic pyrazolo[5,1-f][1,6]naphthyridine scaffold...
November 1, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Cristiane R de Carvalho, Alexandre A Hoeller, Pedro L C Franco, Athos P S Martini, Flávia M S Soares, Katia Lin, Rui D Prediger, Benjamin J Whalley, Roger Walz
The potential efficacy of cannabinoid receptor ligands for the treatment of epilepsy remains controversial; cannabis components that act via cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors produce anticonvulsant effects in animal models despite treatment with the CB receptor agonist reliably inducing convulsions in various species. Moreover, the potential role of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) to modulate seizures remains under-investigated. This study assessed the effects of the selective CB2 receptor agonist, AM1241, on pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-induced seizures in rats...
August 29, 2016: Epilepsy Research
Peng Liu, Wei Zhang, Shaobo Zhang, Yibao Zhang, Jing Wang
Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are expressed in various central pain modulation regions. They maintain in dynamic changes in the expression level and distribution under different pathological and physiological conditions. These changes possess advantage as well as disadvantage. Exogenous administration of endocannabinoids exerts analgesic effect in different pain models, which is mainly mediated by the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. Inhibition of enzymes for degrading endocannabinoids in different pain models also shows analgesic effect due to the increased local levels of endocannabinoids...
August 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Fei Yang, Qian Xu, Bin Shu, Vinod Tiwari, Shao-Qiu He, Louis P Vera-Portocarrero, Xinzhong Dong, Bengt Linderoth, Srinivasa N Raja, Yun Wang, Yun Guan
Activation of Aβ-fibers is an intrinsic feature of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) pain therapy. Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) is important to neuronal plasticity and pain modulation, but its role in SCS-induced pain inhibition remains unclear. In this study, we showed that CB1 receptors are expressed in both excitatory and inhibitory interneurons in substantia gelatinosa (SG). Patch-clamp recording of the evoked excitatory postsynaptic currents (eEPSCs) in mice after spinal nerve ligation (SNL) showed that electrical stimulation of Aβ-fibers (Aβ-ES) using clinical SCS-like parameters (50 Hz, 0...
November 2016: Pain
Marta Kruk-Slomka, Barbara Budzynska, Tomasz Slomka, Izabela Banaszkiewicz, Grazyna Biala
A growing body of psychiatric research has emerged, focusing on the role of endocannabinoid system in psychiatric disorders. For example, the endocannabinoid system, via cannabinoid CB (CB1 and CB2) receptors, is able to control the function of many receptors, such as N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors connected strictly with psychosis or other schizophrenia-associated symptoms. The aim of the present research was to investigate the impact of the CB1 receptor ligands on the symptoms typical for schizophrenia...
November 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
Cristina da Costa Oliveira, Clarice de Carvalho Veloso, Renata Cristina Mendes Ferreira, Gisele Avelar Lage, Lúcia Pinheiro Santos Pimenta, Igor Dimitri Gama Duarte, Thiago Roberto Lima Romero, Andrea de Castro Perez
Peltatoside is a natural compound isolated from leaves of Annona crassiflora Mart., a plant widely used in folk medicine. This substance is an analogue of quercetin, a flavonoid extensively studied because of its diverse biological activities, including analgesic effects. Besides, a previous study suggested, by computer structure analyses, a possible quercetin-CB1 cannabinoid receptor interaction. Thus, the aim of this work was to assess the antinociceptive effect of peltatoside and analyze the cannabinoid system involvement in this action...
August 30, 2016: Planta Medica
Renato Teixeira Almeida, Thiago Roberto Lima Romero, Marina Gomes Miranda E Castor Romero, Giovane Galdino de Souza, Andrea de Castro Perez, Igor Dimitri Gama Duarte
INTRODUCTION: This study was conducted with the aim of evaluating whether electroacupuncture (EA) at acupoint St36 could produce antinociception through the activation of an endocannabinoid mechanism. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided into experimental groups. Heat was applied to the faces of rats, and the latency to withdraw the face was measured. Furthermore, the influence of electrical stimulation (100HzP) of acupoint St36, at a 0.5mA intensity, was investigated in the facial withdrawal threshold...
July 21, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
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