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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210722/synthesis-radio-synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-terminally-fluorinated-derivatives-of-hu-210-and-hu-211-as-novel-candidate-pet-tracers
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Chiara Zanato, Alessia Pelagalli, Katie F M Marwick, Monica Piras, Sergio Dall'Angelo, Andrea Spinaci, Roger G Pertwee, David J A Wyllie, Giles E Hardingham, Matteo Zanda
We report the synthesis of terminally fluorinated HU-210 and HU-211 analogues (HU-210F and HU-211F, respectively) and their biological evaluation as ligands of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) and N-methyl d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). [(18)F]-labelled HU-210F was radiosynthesised from the bromo-substituted precursor. In vitro assays showed that both HU-210F and HU-211F retain the potent pharmacological profile of HU-210 and HU-211, suggesting that [(18)F]-radiolabelled HU-210F and HU-211F could have potential as PET tracers for in vivo imaging...
February 17, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209735/the-epac-phospholipase-c%C3%AE%C2%B5-pathway-regulates-endocannabinoid-signaling-and-cocaine-induced-disinhibition-of-vta-dopamine-neurons
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Jiaqing Tong, Xiaojie Liu, Casey Vickstrom, Yan Li, Laikang Yu, Youming Lu, Alan V Smrcka, Qing-Song Liu
Exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac) is a direct effector for the ubiquitous second messenger cAMP. Epac activates the phospholipase Cε (PLCε) pathway. PLCβ has been linked to the synthesis of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). Here, we report that Epac facilitates endocannabinoid-mediated retrograde synaptic depression through activation of PLCε. Intracellular loading of a selective Epac agonist 8-CPT-2Me-cAMP into ventral tegmental area (VTA) dopamine neurons enabled previously ineffective stimuli to induce depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition (DSI) and long-term depression of IPSCs (I-LTD) in the VTA...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194850/cannabidiol-reduces-ethanol-consumption-motivation-and-relapse-in-mice
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Adrián Viudez-Martínez, María S García-Gutiérrez, Carmen María Navarrón, María Isabel Morales-Calero, Francisco Navarrete, Ana Isabel Torres-Suárez, Jorge Manzanares
This study evaluated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on ethanol reinforcement, motivation and relapse in C57BL/6 J mice. The effects of CBD (60 mg/kg, i.p.) on blood ethanol concentration, hypothermia and handling-induced convulsions associated to acute ethanol administration were evaluated. The two-bottle choice paradigm was performed to assess the effects of CBD (30, 60 and 120 mg/kg/day, i.p.) on ethanol intake and preference. In addition, an oral ethanol self-administration experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of CBD [a single s...
February 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192082/endocannabinoid-dependent-protection-against-kainic-acid-induced-long-term-alteration-of-brain-oscillations-in-guinea-pigs
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Liubov Shubina, Rubin Aliev, Valentina Kitchigina
Changes in rhythmic activity can serve as early biomarkers of pathological alterations, but it remains unclear how different types of rhythmic activity are altered during neurodegenerative processes. Glutamatergic neurotoxicity, evoked by kainic acid (KA), causes hyperexcitation and acute seizures that result in delayed brain damage. We employed wide frequency range (0.1-300 Hz) local field potential recordings in guinea pigs to study the oscillatory activity of the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, medial septum, and amygdala in healthy animals for three months after KA introduction...
February 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191815/bladder-cancer-cell-growth-and-motility-implicate-cannabinoid-2-receptor-mediated-modifications-of-sphingolipids-metabolism
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Arianna Bettiga, Massimo Aureli, Giorgia Colciago, Valentina Murdica, Marco Moschini, Roberta Lucianò, Daniel Canals, Yusuf Hannun, Petter Hedlund, Giovanni Lavorgna, Renzo Colombo, Rosaria Bassi, Maura Samarani, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia, Fabio Benigni
The inhibitory effects demonstrated by activation of cannabinoid receptors (CB) on cancer proliferation and migration may also play critical roles in controlling bladder cancer (BC). CB expression on human normal and BC specimens was tested by immunohistochemistry. Human BC cells RT4 and RT112 were challenged with CB agonists and assessed for proliferation, apoptosis, and motility. Cellular sphingolipids (SL) constitution and metabolism were evaluated after metabolic labelling. CB1-2 were detected in BC specimens, but only CB2 was more expressed in the tumour...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188777/enhanced-ability-of-trpv1-channels-in-regulating-glutamatergic-transmission-after-repeated-morphine-exposure-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-rat
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Haitao Zhang, Dong Jia, Yuan Wang, Liang Qu, Xuelian Wang, Jian Song, Lijun Heng, Guodong Gao
Glutamatergic projections to nucleus accumbens (NAc) drive drug-seeking behaviors during opioids withdrawal. Modulating glutamatergic neurotransmission provides a novel pharmacotherapeutic avenue for treatment of opioids dependence. Great deals of researches have verified that transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels alters synaptic transmitter release and regulate neural plasticity. In the present study, whole-cell patch clamp recordings were adopted to examine the activity of TRPV1 Channels in regulating glutamate-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in NAc of rat during morphine withdrawal for 3 days and 3 weeks...
February 7, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188220/cannabinoids-activate-monoaminergic-signaling-to-modulate-key-c-elegans-behaviors
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Mitchell Oakes, Wen Jing Law, Tobias Clark, Bruce Bamber, Richard Komuniecki
Cannabis or marijuana, a popular recreational drug, alters sensory perception and exerts a range of potential medicinal benefits. The present study demonstrates that the endogenous cannabinoid receptor agonists, 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA) activate a canonical cannabinoid receptor in C. elegans and also modulate monoaminergic signaling at multiple levels. 2-AG or AEA inhibit nociception and feeding through a pathway requiring the cannabinoid-like receptor, NPR-19. 2-AG or AEA activate NPR-19 directly and cannabinoid-dependent inhibition can be rescued in npr-19 null animals by the expression of a human cannabinoid receptor, CB1, highlighting the orthology of the receptors...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182408/design-synthesis-structure-activity-relationship-studies-and-three-dimensional-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-3d-qsar-modeling-of-a-series-of-o-biphenyl-carbamates-as-dual-modulators-of-dopamine-d3-receptor-and-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase
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Alessio De Simone, Debora Russo, Gian Filippo Ruda, Alessandra Micoli, Mariarosaria Ferraro, Rita Maria Concetta Di Martino, Giuliana Ottonello, Maria Summa, Andrea Armirotti, Tiziano Bandiera, Andrea Cavalli, Giovanni Bottegoni
We recently reported molecules designed according to the multi-target-directed ligand paradigm to exert combined activity at human fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and dopamine receptor subtype D3 (D3R). Both targets are relevant for tackling several types of addiction (most notably nicotine addiction) and other compulsive behaviors. Here, we report an SAR exploration of a series of biphenyl-N-[4-[4-(2,3-substituted-phenyl)piperazine-1-yl]alkyl]carbamates, a novel class of molecules that had shown promising activities at the FAAH - D3R target combination in preliminary studies...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169492/comparison-of-biofilm-formation-and-motility-processes-in-arsenic-resistant-thiomonas-spp-strains-revealed-divergent-response-to-arsenite
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Julien Farasin, Sandrine Koechler, Hugo Varet, Julien Deschamps, Marie-Agnès Dillies, Caroline Proux, Mathieu Erhardt, Aline Huber, Bernd Jagla, Romain Briandet, Jean-Yves Coppée, Florence Arsène-Ploetze
Bacteria of the genus Thiomonas are found ubiquitously in arsenic contaminated waters such as acid mine drainage (AMD), where they contribute to the precipitation and the natural bioremediation of arsenic. In these environments, these bacteria have developed a large range of resistance strategies among which the capacity to form particular biofilm structures. The biofilm formation is one of the most ubiquitous adaptive response observed in prokaryotes to various stresses, such as those induced in the presence of toxic compounds...
February 7, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168010/rutin-as-a-mediator-of-lipid-metabolism-and-cellular-signaling-pathways-interactions-in-fibroblasts-altered-by-uva-and-uvb-radiation
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Agnieszka Gęgotek, Paula Rybałtowska-Kawałko, Elżbieta Skrzydlewska
Background. Rutin is a natural nutraceutical that is a promising compound for the prevention of UV-induced metabolic changes in skin cells. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of rutin on redox and endocannabinoid systems, as well as proinflammatory and proapoptotic processes, in UV-irradiated fibroblasts. Methods. Fibroblasts exposed to UVA and UVB radiation were treated with rutin. The activities and levels of oxidants/antioxidants and endocannabinoid system components, as well as lipid, DNA, and protein oxidation products, and the proinflammatory and pro/antiapoptotic proteins expression were measured...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164368/bdnf-induced-endocannabinoid-release-modulates-neocortical-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
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Mason L Yeh, Rajamani Selvam, Eric S Levine
Endocannabinoids (eCBs) and neurotrophins, particularly brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), are potent neuromodulators found throughout the mammalian neocortex. Both eCBs and BDNF play critical roles in many behavioral and neurophysiological processes and are targets for the development of novel therapeutics. The effects of eCBs and BDNF are primarily mediated by the type 1 cannabinoid (CB1) receptor and the trkB tyrosine kinase receptor, respectively. Our laboratory and others have previously established that BDNF potentiates excitatory transmission by enhancing presynaptic glutamate release and modulating NMDA receptors...
February 6, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162792/synthetic-pot-not-your-grandfather-s-marijuana
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Benjamin M Ford, Sherrica Tai, William E Fantegrossi, Paul L Prather
In the early 2000s in Europe and shortly thereafter in the USA, it was reported that 'legal' forms of marijuana were being sold under the name K2 and/or Spice. Active ingredients in K2/Spice products were determined to be synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs), producing psychotropic actions via CB1 cannabinoid receptors, similar to those of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC), the primary active constituent in marijuana. Often abused by adolescents and military personnel to elude detection in drug tests due to their lack of structural similarity to Δ(9)-THC, SCBs are falsely marketed as safe marijuana substitutes...
January 27, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161439/lipid-signaling-and-fat-storage-in-the-dark-eyed-junco
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Jacqueline M Ho, Christine M Bergeon Burns, Nikki M Rendon, Kimberly A Rosvall, Heather B Bradshaw, Ellen D Ketterson, Gregory E Demas
Seasonal hyperphagia and fattening promote survivorship in migratory and wintering birds, but reduced adiposity may be more advantageous during the breeding season. Factors such as photoperiod, temperature, and food predictability are known environmental determinants of fat storage, but the underlying neuroendocrine mechanisms are less clear. Endocannabinoids and other lipid signaling molecules regulate multiple aspects of energy balance including appetite and lipid metabolism. However, these functions have been established primarily in mammals; thus the role of lipid signals in avian fat storage remains largely undefined...
February 1, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155016/power-of-screening-tests-for-colorectal-cancer-enhanced-by-high-levels-of-m2-pk-in-addition-to-fobt
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Cristina Zaccaro, Ilaria Maria Saracino, Giulia Fiorini, Natale Figura, John Holton, Valentina Castelli, Valeria Pesci, Luigi Gatta, Dino Vaira
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a multistep process that involves adenoma-carcinoma sequence. CRC can be prevented by routine screening, which can detect precancerous lesions. The aim of this study is to clarify whether faecal occult blood test (i-FOBT), tumor M2 pyruvate kinase (t-M2-PK), and endocannabinoid system molecules (cannabinoid receptors type 1-CB1, type 2-CB2, and fatty acid amide hydrolase-FAAH) might represent better diagnostic tools, alone or in combination, for an early diagnosis of CRC. An immunochemical FOB test (i-FOBT) and quantitative ELISA stool test for t-M2-PK were performed in 127 consecutive patients during a 12 month period...
February 2, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151935/cannabinoid-antagonist-slv326-induces-convulsive-seizures-and-changes-in-the-interictal-eeg-in-rats
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Martin F J Perescis, Natasja de Bruin, Liesbeth Heijink, Chris Kruse, Lyudmila Vinogradova, Annika Lüttjohann, Gilles van Luijtelaar, Clementina M van Rijn
Cannabinoid CB1 antagonists have been investigated for possible treatment of e.g. obesity-related disorders. However, clinical application was halted due to their symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition to these adverse effects, we have shown earlier that chronic treatment with the CB1 antagonist rimonabant may induce EEG-confirmed convulsive seizures. In a regulatory repeat-dose toxicity study violent episodes of "muscle spasms" were observed in Wistar rats, daily dosed with the CB1 receptor antagonist SLV326 during 5 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147243/song-associated-reward-correlates-with-endocannabinoid-related-gene-expression-in-male-european-starlings-sturnus-vulgaris
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Allison H Hahn, Devin P Merullo, Jeremy A Spool, Caroline S Angyal, Sharon A Stevenson, Lauren V Riters
Vocal communication is required for successful social interactions in numerous species. During the breeding season, songbirds produce songs that are reinforced by behavioral consequences (e.g., copulation). However, some songbirds also produce songs not obviously directed at other individuals. The consequences maintaining or reinforcing these songs are less obvious and the neural mechanisms associated with undirected communication are not well-understood. Previous studies indicate that undirected singing is intrinsically rewarding and mediated by opioid or dopaminergic systems; however, endocannabinoids are also involved in regulating reward and singing behavior...
January 29, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144708/differential-effects-of-cannabinoid-cb1-inverse-agonists-and-antagonists-on-impulsivity-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats-identification-of-a-possibly-clinically-relevant-vulnerability-involving-the-serotonin-5ht1a-receptor
#17
Peter J McLaughlin, Julia E Jagielo-Miller, Emily S Plyler, Kerry K Schutte, V Kiran Vemuri, Alexandros Makriyannis
RATIONALE: Cannabinoid CB1 inverse agonists hold therapeutic promise as appetite suppressants but have produced suicidal behaviors among a small subpopulation in clinical trials. Anatomical and pharmacological evidence implicate the 5HT1A serotonin receptor in suicide in humans and impulsivity in humans and animals. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to assess whether 5HT1A blockade is necessary for CB1 ligands to produce impulsivity. METHODS: Sprague Dawley rats were administered the CB1 inverse agonist AM 251, the CB1 antagonist AM 6527, or the peripherally restricted antagonist AM 6545, with or without pretreatment with the 5HT1A antagonist WAY 100,635 (WAY) on the paced fixed consecutive number (FCN) task, which measures choice to terminate a chain of responses prematurely...
February 1, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144625/activation-of-both-cb1-and-cb2-endocannabinoid-receptors-is-critical-for-masculinization-of-the-developing-medial-amygdala-and-juvenile-social-play-behavior
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Kathryn J Argue, Jonathan W VanRyzin, David J Falvo, Allison R Whitaker, Stacey J Yu, Margaret M McCarthy
Juvenile social play behavior is a shared trait across a wide variety of mammalian species. When play is characterized by the frequency or duration of physical contact, males usually display more play relative to females. The endocannabinoid system contributes to the development of the sex difference in social play behavior in rats. Treating newborn pups with a nonspecific endocannabinoid agonist, WIN55,212-2, masculinizes subsequent juvenile rough-and-tumble play behavior by females. Here we use specific drugs to target signaling through either the CB1 or CB2 endocannabinoid receptor (CB1R or CB2R) to determine which modulates the development of sex differences in play...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138895/the-impact-of-cb2-receptor-ligands-on-the-mk-801-induced-hyperactivity-in-mice
#19
Marta Kruk-Slomka, Izabela Banaszkiewicz, Grazyna Biala
It has been known that there is a relationship between cannabis use and schizophrenia-related symptoms; however, it can be a subject of controversy. The involvement of CB1 receptor ligands in the schizophrenia has already been revealed and confirmed. However, there is still lack of information concerning the role of CB2 receptors in the psychosis-like effects in mice and the further studies are needed.The aim of the present research was to study the role of the CB2 receptor ligands in the symptoms typical for schizophrenia...
January 30, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137469/combined-comfa-and-comsia-3d-qsar-study-of-benzimidazole-and-benzothiophene-derivatives-with-selective-affinity-for-the-cb2-cannabinoid-receptor
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Javier Romero-Parra, Hery Chung, Ricardo A Tapia, Mario Faúndez, Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Marcos Lorca, Carlos F Lagos, Vincenzo Di Marzo, C David Pessoa-Mahana, Jaime Mella
The preceding years have brought an exponential increase in our understanding of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), including the knowledge of CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and the enzymes that synthesize and degrade endocannabinoids. Among these ECS components CB2 receptors have been the subject of considerable attention, primarily due to their promising therapeutic potential to treat numerous pathologies while avoiding the adverse psychotropic effects that can accompany CB1 receptor-based therapies...
January 28, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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