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There is no evidence for the pres- malian tissues and have been found not only in the central ence of CB2 receptors in the central nervous system order penegra 100mg online, except and peripheral nervous systems purchase penegra 50mg without a prescription, but also in both male and for their expression in microglia discount penegra 50 mg overnight delivery. Clearly discount 100mg penegra mastercard, given that CB2 female reproductive organs generic 100 mg penegra with amex, immune cells, the gastrointesti- receptors seem to be mostly confined to cells of the immune nal tract, the liver, and the heart (38). In the central nervous system (34), it would not be surprising to find these proteins system, CB1 receptors are most abundant in the hippocam- only in those central nervous system cells deputed to im- pus (i. Lower density of CB1 receptors is present Studies have revealed that activation of the subunits of G /i in discrete nuclei of other brain regions such as the hypo- Go proteins, with subsequent inhibition of adenylate cyclase thalamus, brainstem, thalamus, and limbic forebrain, thus through both CB1 and CB2 receptors (47), blockade of volt- possibly accounting for THC activity on body temperature, age-activated calcium (Ca2 ) channels of the N- and P/Q- appetite, supraspinal mechanisms of pain perception, sen- type through CB1 receptors (48), and activation of inwardly sory perception, and mood or reward. CB1 receptors are rectifying potassium channels through CB1 receptors (49), associated with nerve fibers and axon terminals, but not may not be the sole intracellular signaling messages deliv- in the neuronal soma. This pattern is consistent with the ered by psychoactive cannabinoids. There is now evidence presynaptic inhibitory effects of cannabinoids on neuro- for the coupling of CB1, but not CB2 receptors, to Gs pro- transmitter release in the brain (see ref. CB1- teins, with consequent activation of adenylyl cyclase. It is expressing cells in mouse forebrain can be divided into dis- not clear yet whether this effect may explain the biphasic tinct neuronal subpopulations. Most of the cells that highly nature of cannabinoid effects on behavior in several tests. In the hippocampus, amygdala, and entorhinal cortex THC and synthetic and endogenous cannabinoids can area, CB1 mRNA is present at low but significant levels either stimulate (50) or inhibit (51) NO formation. The in many non-GABAergic cells that can be considered as former effect results in inhibition of dopamine release from projecting principal neurons. These data are in good agree- invertebrate ganglia, whereas the inhibition of NO release ment with the observation that cannabinoids act on princi- in granule cerebellar cells seems to result from inhibition pal glutamatergic circuits as well as modulate local GABAer- of voltage-activated Ca2 channels. In any case, modulation gic inhibitory circuits by inhibiting glutamate and GABA of NO levels may result in changes in cyclic guanosine Chapter 106: Marijuana 1523 monophosphate intracellular concentrations. Finally, pro- sients in HL60 cells through these receptors. Interestingly, tein phosphorylation catalyzed by mitogen-activated pro- in this study, AEA was shown to be a very weak and partial tein kinase is coupled to both CB1- and CB2-receptor stimu- agonist at CB2 receptors. This intracellular effect, together with agonist at CB2 receptors, AEA, and much more so its meta- inhibition of the cyclic adenosine monophosphate bolically stable analogues (R)-methanandamide and 2′-flu- (cAMP)–dependent protein kinase A, is at the basis of can- oro-2-methyl-arachidonoyl-ethanolamide, act as relatively nabinoid action on the expression of several genes such as potent (Ki between 12 and 100 nM) and selective CB1- krox-24 in HL60 cells (52) or the prolactin receptor and receptor agonists, and thus can be considered useful phar- the high-affinity receptors trk for the nerve growth factor in macologic tools for studies on the bioactivity of endocan- human breast cancer cells (53). Likewise, bly in part because of the rapid metabolism of this com- CB1-induced activation of focal adhesion kinase in hippo- pound both in vitro and in vivo (59), and because AEA is campal slices, an effect suggested to lead to modulation by a partial agonist in some functional assays of CB activity 1 cannabinoids of synaptic plasticity and learning, results (60). In the brain, AEA was shown to exert inhibitory ac- from inhibition of adenylate cyclase and protein kinase A. These ef- Endogenous Ligands (Endocannabinoids) fects probably result from the capability of AEA to induce, by activation of CB1 receptors, modulation of neurotrans- Since the mid-1990s, several fatty acid derivatives have been mitter (e. This neuromodula- substances, however, can displace high-affinity cannabinoid tory action may also underlie AEA regulation of hormone ligands from selective binding sites in membrane prepara- release at the level of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal tions containing the CB1 or the CB2 receptor. Anandamide axis, as well as the antinociceptive effects of the compound (arachidonoylethanolamide, AEA), the amide of arachi- through both spinal and supraspinal mechanisms (63). The other prominent endoge- lated through the regulation of either their biosynthesis or nous ligand is a glycerol ester, 2-arachidonoyl glycerol inactivation. It is commonly accepted that the AEA and 2- (2-AG) (55). These compounds share the ability to bind to AG are not stored as such in cells, but rather are synthesized and to activate CB1 and (particularly in the case of 2-AG) 2 and are directly released by cells 'on demand,' after Ca CB2 receptors. Therefore, they induce a series of pharmaco- influx into the cell (such as that occurring in neurons on logic effects in vitro and in vivo that are, to some extent, depolarization or in mast cells after IgE-mediated activa- similar to those exerted by THC. Other fatty acid deriva- tion) and the hydrolysis of phospholipid precursors (40). The molecular mode of action nolamines (NAPEs) (64). This reaction is catalyzed by a of these latter compounds is still a subject for investigation. Several mechanisms for 1 tionship can be best appreciated with a successful conforma- the inactivation of endocannabinoids have been identified tional model (57), in which AEA may assume a low-energy in neuronal and blood cells. A membrane-bound intracellu- conformation resulting in the superimposition of its n-pen- lar hydrolase catalyzes AEA hydrolysis after its diffusion into tyl chain, carbonyl amide group and ethanolamine hydroxyl neuronal cells and leukocytes (64). A mechanism for the group, respectively, with the n-pentyl chain, the phenolic facilitated diffusion of AEA into cells according to its con- hydroxyl group and the C-9 hydroxyl group in 9-nor-9 - centration gradient across the plasma membrane has been OH-hexahydrocannabinol, a potent THC analogue.

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