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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100841/cannabinoids-a-new-weapon-against-cancer
#1
Małgorzata Pokrywka, Joanna Góralska, Bogdan Solnica
Cannabis has been cultivated by man since Neolithic times. It was used, among others for fiber and rope production, recreational purposes and as an excellent therapeutic agent. The isolation and characterization of the structure of one of the main active ingredients of cannabis - Δ9 - tetrahydrocannabinol as well the discovery of its cannabinoid binding receptors CB1 and CB2, has been a milestone in the study of the possibilities of the uses of Cannabis sativa and related products in modern medicine. Many scientific studies indicate the potential use of cannabinoids in the fight against cancer...
December 29, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100744/compensatory-activation-of-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-inhibition-of-gaba-release-in-the-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-in-inflammatory-pain
#2
Ming-Hua Li, Katherine L Suchland, Susan L Ingram
: The rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) is a relay in the descending pain modulatory system and an important site of endocannabinoid modulation of pain. Endocannabinoids inhibit GABA release in the RVM, but it is not known whether this effect persists in chronic pain states. In the present studies, persistent inflammation induced by complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) increased GABAergic miniature IPSCs (mIPSCs). Endocannabinoid activation of cannabinoid (CB1) receptors known to inhibit presynaptic GABA release was significantly reduced in the RVM of CFA-treated rats compared with naive rats...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087785/thermolytic-degradation-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-chemical-exposures-and-pharmacological-consequences
#3
Brian F Thomas, Timothy W Lefever, Ricardo A Cortes, Alexander L Kovach, Anderson O Cox, Purvi R Patel, Gerald T Pollard, Julie A Marusich, Richard A Kevin, Thomas F Gamage, Jenny L Wiley
Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured clandestinely with little quality control and are distributed as herbal "Spice" for smoking or as bulk compound for mixing with a solvent and inhalation via electronic vaporizers. Intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids has been associated with seizure, excited delirium, coma, kidney damage, and other disorders. The chemical alterations produced by heating these structurally novel compounds for consumption are largely unknown. Here we show that heating synthetic cannabinoids containing tetramethylcyclopropyl-ring substituents produced thermal degradants with pharmacological activity that varied considerably from their parent compounds...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087250/pharmacology-of-cannabinoids-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy
#4
REVIEW
Tyler E Gaston, Daniel Friedman
The use of cannabis products in the treatment of epilepsy has long been of interest to researchers and clinicians alike; however, until recently very little published data were available to support its use. This article summarizes the available scientific data of pharmacology from human and animal studies on the major cannabinoids which have been of interest in the treatment of epilepsy, including ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC), cannabidiol (CBD), ∆9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (∆9-THCV), cannabidivarin (CBDV), and ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (Δ9-THCA)...
January 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069688/up-regulation-of-cb2-receptors-in-reactive-astrocytes-in-canine-degenerative-myelopathy-a-disease-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#5
María Fernández-Trapero, Francisco Espejo-Porras, Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, Joan R Coates, Carmen Pérez-Díaz, Eva de Lago, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Targeting the CB2 receptor afforded neuroprotection in SOD1(G93A) mutant mice, a model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The neuroprotective effects of CB2 receptors were facilitated by their up-regulation in the spinal cord in SOD1(G93A) mutant mice. Herein, we have investigated whether a similar CB2 receptor up-regulation, as well as parallel changes in other endocannabinoid elements, are evident in the spinal cord of dogs with degenerative myelopathy (DM), caused from mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 gene (SOD1)...
January 9, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063111/comparison-of-catheter-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-between-cryoballoon-and-radiofrequency-a-meta-analysis
#6
REVIEW
Chao-Feng Chen, Xiao-Fei Gao, Xu Duan, Bin Chen, Xiao-Hua Liu, Yi-Zhou Xu
PURPOSE: The present systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to assess and compare the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) and cryoballoon (CB) ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). RF and CB ablation are two frequently used methods for pulmonary vein isolation in PAF, but which is a better choice for PAF remains uncertain. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted in Medline, PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library. All trials comparing RF and CB ablation were screened and included if the inclusion criteria were met...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012093/pharmacological-and-toxicological-effects-of-synthetic-cannabinoids-and-their-metabolites
#7
Sherrica Tai, William E Fantegrossi
Commercial preparations containing synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) are rapidly emerging as drugs of abuse. Although often assumed to be "safe" and "legal" alternatives to cannabis, reports indicate that SCBs induce toxicity not often associated with the primary psychoactive component of marijuana, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC). This chapter will summarize the evidence that use of SCBs poses greater health risks relative to marijuana and suggest that distinct pharmacological properties and metabolism of SCBs relative to Δ(9)-THC may contribute to this increased toxicity...
December 24, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010996/pharmacological-characterization-of-rat-vd-hemopressin-%C3%AE-an-%C3%AE-hemoglobin-derived-peptide-exhibiting-cannabinoid-agonist-like-effects-in-mice
#8
Ting Zheng, Ting Zhang, Run Zhang, Zi-Long Wang, Zheng-Lan Han, Ning Li, Xu-Hui Li, Meng-Na Zhang, Biao Xu, Xiong-Li Yang, Quan Fang, Rui Wang
Hemopressin and related peptides have shown to function as the endogenous ligands or the regulator of cannabinoid receptors. Moreover, hemopressin and its truncated peptides were also reported to produce a slight modulatory effect on opioid system. In the present work, based on the amino acid sequence analyses of hemoglobin subunit α, rat VD-hemopressin(α) [(r)VD-Hpα] was predicted as a cannabinoid peptide derived from rat α-hemoglobin. Furthermore, (r)VD-Hpα was synthesized and characterized in a series of in vitro and in vivo assays...
December 16, 2016: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994006/attenuation-of-cocaine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-and-motor-activity-via-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-agonism-and-cb1-receptor-antagonism-in-rats
#9
Foteini Delis, Alexia Polissidis, Nafsika Poulia, Zuzana Justinova, George G Nomikos, Steven R Goldberg, Katerina Antoniou
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown the involvement of cannabinoid (CB) receptors in the behavioral and neurobiological effects of psychostimulants. Most of these studies have focused on the role of CB1 receptors in the psychostimulant effects of cocaine, while very few have investigated the respective role of CB2 receptors. Further studies are warranted to elucidate the extent of CB receptor involvement in the expression of cocaine-induced effects. METHODS: The role of CB1 and CB2 receptors in the rewarding and motor properties of cocaine was assessed in conditioned place preference, conditioned motor activity, and open field activity in rats...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989582/expression-of-cannabinoid-type-1-receptors-in%C3%A2-human-odontoblast-cells
#10
Kehua Que, Dan He, Ying Jin, Ligeng Wu, Fang Wang, Zhiying Zhao, Jing Yang, Jiayin Deng
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the functional expression of cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptors in human odontoblasts (HODs) and the possible internal mechanism. METHODS: In the present study, we examined the molecular and functional expression of the CB1 receptors in cultured HOD-like cells and native HODs obtained from healthy wisdom teeth. RESULTS: Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence revealed that CB1 receptors localize to native HODs and HOD-like cells, respectively...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940994/compensatory-activation-of-cannabinoid-cb2-receptor-inhibition-of-gaba-release-in-the-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-rvm-in-inflammatory-pain
#11
Ming-Hua Li, Katherine L Suchland, Susan L Ingram
: The rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) is a relay in the descending pain modulatory system and an important site of endocannabinoid modulation of pain. Endocannabinoids inhibit GABA release in the RVM but it is not known if this effect persists in chronic pain states. In the present studies, persistent inflammation induced by complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) increased GABAergic miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs). Endocannabinoid activation of cannabinoid (CB1) receptors known to inhibit presynaptic GABA release was significantly reduced in the RVM of CFA-treated rats compared to naïve rats...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935269/from-adolescent-to-elder-rats-motivation-for-palatable-food-and-cannabinoids-receptors
#12
Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Antonio Romano-López, Alejandra Evelin Ruiz-Contreras, Mónica Méndez-Díaz, Oscar Prospéro-García
To analyze motivation, food self-administration and decision-making was evaluated in adolescent, adult and aged rats. Subjects were trained to press a lever (fixed ratio, FR1 and FR5) in an operant chamber, to obtain chocolate flavor pellets. We assessed the progressive ratio (PR), extinction and reinstatement of the behavior. To estimate decision-making for food, rats were trained in the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm: a) associating one compartment with lab chow (LCh) one day and the other compartment with rice krisspies (RK), the next day...
December 9, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927913/two-janus-cannabinoids-that-are-both-cb2-agonists-and-cb1-antagonists
#13
Amey Dhopeshwarkar, Natalia Murataeva, Alex Makriyannis, Alex Straiker, Ken P Mackie
The cannabinoid signaling system includes two G protein coupled receptors, CB1 and CB2. These receptors are widely distributed throughout the body and have each been implicated in many physiologically important processes. Though the cannabinoid signaling system has therapeutic potential, a persistent hurdle has remained the development of receptor-selective ligands. Because CB1 and CB2 are involved in diverse processes, it would be advantageous develop ligands that differentially engaging CB1 and CB2. We now report that GW405833 and AM1710, described as selective CB2 agonists, can antagonize CB1 receptor signaling...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924524/endocannabinoid-system-the-direct-and-indirect-involvement-in-the-memory-and-learning-processes-a-short-review
#14
REVIEW
Marta Kruk-Slomka, Agnieszka Dzik, Barbara Budzynska, Grazyna Biala
The endocannabinoid system via cannabinoid (CB: CB1 and CB2) receptors and their endogenous ligands is directly and indirectly involved in many physiological functions, especially in memory and learning processes. Extensive studies reported that this system strictly modulates cognition-related processes evaluated in various animal models. However, the effects of cannabinoids on the cognition have been contradictory. The cannabinoid compounds were able to both impair or improve different phases of memory processes through direct (receptor related) or indirect (non-receptor related) mechanism...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920472/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-cannabinoid-agonist-win55-212-on-mouse-experimental-colitis-is-related-to-inhibition-of-p38mapk
#15
Ya-Jing Feng, Yong-Yu Li, Xu-Hong Lin, Kun Li, Ming-Hua Cao
AIM: To investigate the anti-inflammatory effect and the possible mechanisms of an agonist of cannabinoid (CB) receptors, WIN55-212-2 (WIN55), in mice with experimental colitis, so as to supply experimental evidence for its clinical use in future. METHODS: We established the colitis model in C57BL/6 mice by replacing the animals' water supply with 4% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) for 7 consecutive days. A colitis scoring system was used to evaluate the severity of colon local lesion...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914737/targeted-proteomics-of-cannabinoid-receptor-cb1-and-the-cb1b-isoform
#16
Soumita Ghosh, Isabel González-Mariscal, Josephine M Egan, Ruin Moaddel
Cannabinoid receptors (CBR), including CB1 and CB2 have been therapeutic targets for a number of conditions. Recently, splice variants of the CB1R have been identified in humans. The isoforms differ in their N-terminus sequence and pharmacological activity relative to the CB1R, as a result, the differentiation between the CB1 receptor and its isoform is required. As a result, a selected reaction monitoring mass spectrometry (SRM-MS) method was developed for the quantitation of CB1 and the CB1b isoform in CHO cells transduced with CB1 and CB1b...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909504/long-term-evolution-of-patients-treated-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-with-first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation-with-a-prospective-protocol-guided-by-complete-bidirectional-left-atrium-pulmonary-veins-disconnection-after-adenosine
#17
Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md, Luis Azcona Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Raquel Yagüe Md, Fernando Gómez-Guijarro Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Clara Ferrero Rn, Octavio Rodríguez Md
INTRODUCTION: Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective for treating patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). We analyzed our seven year follow-up of patients, treated for PAF with first (CB1) and second generation (CB2), with demonstration of LA-PV disconnection with bidirectional block (BB) after adenosine (AD). METHODS: Since November 2008 to May 2015, 128 patients, 97 male (58±7 years), without heart disease, highly symptomatic, refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) were treated, and follow-up (1411 ±727 days)...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909503/first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-ablation-efficacy-restoring-and-maintaining-sinus-rhythm-in-patients-electrically-selected-and-treated-for-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-complete-electrical-disconnection-of-pulmonary-veins
#18
Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Luis Azcona Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Carmen Cilleros Md, Ildefonso Del Campo Md, Clara Ferrero Rn Carlos Martínez Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md
Introduction Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective to treatment of patients (pts) with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the isolated efficacy of CB to treat pts with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) is less know. We analyzed the acute results and the long-term follow-up of our pts suffering LSPAF and initially treated with CB. Methods A cohort of 44 pts, 37 male (84%) mean age (60±10 year) suffering LSPAF were treated with first (CB1): 15pts, and second (CB2): 29 pts, generation CB...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905004/ocular-disposition-of-%C3%A2-8-tetrahydrocannabinol-from-various-topical-ophthalmic-formulations
#19
Nagendra S Punyamurthula, Goutham R Adelli, Waseem Gul, Michael A Repka, Mahmoud A ElSohly, Soumyajit Majumdar
The purposes of this project are to enhance the trans-membrane penetration of Δ(8)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(8)-THC) and to study the effect of various lipid based systems in delivering the compound, non-invasively, to anterior and posterior ocular chambers. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs), fast gelling films were manufactured using high pressure homogenization and melt cast techniques, respectively. The formulations were characterized for drug content, entrapment efficiency, particle size and subsequently evaluated in vitro for trans-corneal permeation...
November 30, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899300/role-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-control-of-mouse-myometrium-contractility-during-the-menstrual-cycle
#20
Ester Pagano, Pierangelo Orlando, Stefania Finizio, Antonietta Rossi, Lorena Buono, Fabio Arturo Iannotti, Fabiana Piscitelli, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Francesca Borrelli
Cannabis and cannabinoids are known to affect female reproduction. However, the role of the endocannabinoid system in mouse uterine contractility in the dioestrus and oestrus phases has not been previously investigated. The present study aimed at filling this gap. Endocannabinoid (anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol) levels were measured in mouse uterus at dioestrus and oestrus phases by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry; quantitative reverse transcription-PCR and western blot were used to measured the expression of cannabinoid receptors and enzymes involved in the metabolism of endocannabinoids...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
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