Cell type-specific tandem affinity purification of the mouse hippocampal CB1 receptor-associated proteome.

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“G protein coupled receptors (GPCR’s) exert their effects through multiprotein signaling complexes. The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) is among the most abundant GPCR’s in the mammalian brain and involved in a plethora of physiological functions. We used a combination of viral-mediated cell type-specific expression of a tagged CB1 fusion protein (CB1-SF), tandem affinity purification (TAP) and proteomics on hippocampal mouse tissue to analyze the composition and differences of CB1 protein complexes in glutamatergic neurons and in GABAergic interneurons. Purified proteins underwent tryptic digestion and were identified using deep-coverage data-independent acquisition with ion mobility separation-enhanced mass spectroscopy, leading to the identification of 951 proteins specifically enriched in glutamatergic and GABAergic CB1-SF TAP samples as compared to controls. Gene Ontology and protein network analyses showed an enrichment of single proteins and functional clusters of proteins involved in already well described domains of CB1 functions. Supported by this consistent dataset we could confirm already known CB1 interactors, reveal new potentially interacting proteins and differences in cell type-specific signaling properties of CB1, thereby providing the foundation for further functional studies on differential CB1 signaling.”


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Excess cerebral TNF causing glutamate excitotoxicity rationalizes treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and neurogenic pain by anti-TNF agents.

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“The basic mechanism of the major neurodegenerative diseases, including neurogenic pain, needs to be agreed upon before rational treatments can be determined, but this knowledge is still in a state of flux. Most have agreed for decades that these disease states, both infectious and non-infectious, share arguments incriminating excitotoxicity induced by excessive extracellular cerebral glutamate.

Excess cerebral levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) are also documented in the same group of disease states.

Here, we link the two, collecting and arguing the evidence that, across the range of neurodegenerative diseases, excessive TNF harms the central nervous system largely through causing extracellular glutamate to accumulate to levels high enough to inhibit synaptic activity or kill neurons and therefore their associated synapses as well.

TNF can be predicted from the broader literature to cause this glutamate accumulation not only by increasing glutamate production by enhancing glutaminase, but in addition simultaneously reducing glutamate clearance by inhibiting re-uptake proteins.

We also discuss the effects of a TNF receptor biological fusion protein (etanercept) and the indirect anti-TNF agents dithio-thalidomides, nilotinab, and cannabinoids on these neurological conditions. The therapeutic effects of 6-diazo-5-oxo-norleucine, ceptriaxone, and riluzole, agents unrelated to TNF but which either inhibit glutaminase or enhance re-uptake proteins, but do not do both, as would anti-TNF agents, are also discussed in this context.

By pointing to excess extracellular glutamate as the target, these arguments greatly strengthen the case, put now for many years, to test appropriately delivered ant-TNF agents to treat neurodegenerative diseases in randomly controlled trials.”


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Protection against septic shock and suppression of tumor necrosis factor alpha and nitric oxide production by dexanabinol (HU-211), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid.

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“Dexanabinol, HU-211, a synthetic cannabinoid devoid of psychotropic effects, improves neurological outcome in models of brain trauma, ischemia and meningitis.

Recently, HU-211 was found to inhibit brain tumor necrosis factor (TNFalpha) production after head injury. In the present study, we demonstrate the ability of HU-211 to suppress TNFalpha production and to rescue mice and rats from endotoxic shock after LPS (Escherichia coli 055:B5) inoculation.

Administration of LPS to Sprague-Dawley rats resulted in a 30% reduction in the mean arterial blood pressure within 30 min, which persisted for 3 hr. HU-211, given 2 to 3 min before LPS, completely abolished the typical hypotensive response. Furthermore, the drug also markedly suppressed in vitro TNFalpha production and nitric oxide generation (by >90%) by both murine peritoneal macrophages and rat alveolar macrophage cell line exposed to LPS.

HU-211 may, therefore, have therapeutic implications in the treatment of TNFalpha-mediated pathologies.”


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2-Arachidonylglycerol, an endogenous cannabinoid, inhibits tumor necrosis factor-alpha production in murine macrophages, and in mice.

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“2-Arachidonylglycerol (2-AG) inhibits the production in vitro of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) by mouse macrophages, as well as in mice. It has no effect on the production of nitric oxide (NO). The effect on TNF-alpha is enhanced when 2-AG is administered together with 2-linoleylglycerol (2-Lino-G) and 2-palmitylglycerol (2-PalmG), an ‘entourage effect’ previously noted in several behavioral and binding assays. 2-AG also suppresses the formation of radical oxygen intermediates.”

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Dorsal hippocampus cannabinoid type 1 receptors modulate the expression of contextual fear conditioning in rats: Involvement of local glutamatergic/nitrergic and GABAergic neurotransmissions.

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“The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) is highly expressed in the dorsal portion of hippocampus – a brain region that has been involved in the control of conditioned emotional response (CER) in the contextual fear conditioning (CFC) model.

These responses are characterized by increased freezing behavior and autonomic parameters. Moreover, CB1 receptors activation negatively modulate the release of several neurotransmitters, including glutamate and GABA, which also have been related to modulation of CER. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the involvement of CB1 receptors in the dorsal hippocampus on CER expression.

Our results suggest that increased CER evoked by CB1 blockade in the dorsal hippocampus depends on NMDA receptor activation and NO formation. Moreover, a fine-tune control promoted by GABAergic and glutamatergic mechanisms in this brain area modulate the CER after CB1 blockade.”


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Characterization of peripheral cannabinoid receptor expression and clinical correlates in schizophrenia.

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“The relationship between cannabinoid receptor signaling and psychosis vulnerability requires further exploration.

The endocannabinoid signaling system is extensive, with receptors exerting regulatory functions in both immune and central nervous systems.

In the brain, cannabinoid receptors (CBR) directly modulate neurotransmitter systems.

In the peripheral lymphocyte, CBRs mediate cytokine release, with dysregulated cytokine levels demonstrated in schizophrenia.

These results continue to support dysregulation of particular aspects of the endocannabinoid signaling system in participants with schizophrenia selected for the self-reported absence of marijuana abuse/dependence.”


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Determination of cannabinoids in hemp nuts products in Taiwan by HPLC-MS/MS coupled with chemometric analysis: Quality evaluation and a pilot human study.

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“Hemp nuts are mature cannabis seeds obtained after hulling and stir-frying that are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating functional constipation. In this work, we screened hemp nut products, classified them, and verified the legality of consuming them.

A total of 18 products were purchased from Taiwan, China and Canada. Validated high-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry methods were developed for analyzing the cannabinoid (i.e., Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol) content of the products and the concentration of urinary 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC.

Chemometric techniques, namely hierarchical clustering analysis (HCA) and principal component analysis (PCA), were applied for rapidly classifying 11 concentrated powder products in Taiwan. A pilot human study comprising single and multiple administrations of a product with 1.5 µg/g of THC was conducted to examine the urinary 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC concentration. Through optimization of 32 full factorial design, using 60% isopropanol as the extraction solvent exhibited the highest yield ofcannabinoids and was applied as the optimal condition in further analysis.

The results of HCA and PCA on quality evaluation were in well agreement; however, the tested products possessed distinct CBD-to-THC ratios which ranged widely from 0.1:1 to 46.8:1. Particularly, the products with CBD-to-THC ratios higher than 1:1 were the majority in Taiwan.

Our data suggested that all the tested hemp nut products met the Taiwan restriction criteria of 10 µg/g of THC. We propose a usual consumption amount of hemp nut products in Taiwan would unlikely to violate the cut-off point of 15 ng/mL of urinary 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC.”


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Interaction between interleukin-1β and type-1 cannabinoid receptor is involved in anxiety-like behavior in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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“Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression, are frequently diagnosed in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, even independently of the disabling symptoms associated with the disease.

Anatomical, biochemical, and pharmacological evidence indicates that type-1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) is implicated in the control of emotional behavior and is modulated during inflammatory neurodegenerative diseases such as MS and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE).

We investigated whether CB1R could exert a role in anxiety-like behavior in mice with EAE. We performed behavioral, pharmacological, and electrophysiological experiments to explore the link between central inflammation, mood, and CB1R function in EAE.

Overall, results of the present investigation indicate that synaptic dysfunction linked to CB1R is involved in EAE-related anxiety and motivation-based behavior and contribute to clarify the complex neurobiological mechanisms underlying mood disorders associated to MS.

Collectively, our data contribute to clarify the synaptic and, at least in part, molecular basis of mood disturbances in EAE and, possibly, MS. Understanding the neurobiological underpinning of anxiety-like behavior in EAE mice is of crucial importance to optimize the treatment of mood disturbance in MS and, possibly, other neuroinflammatory diseases.

In this direction, targeting the endocannabinoid system may be a valid therapeutic tool for the treatment of both psychiatric and motor symptoms in MS patients.”


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Acute and chronic effects of cannabinoids on effort-related decision-making and reward learning: an evaluation of the cannabis ‘amotivational’ hypotheses


“Cannabis acutely induced a transient amotivational state and CBD influenced the effects of THC on expected value. This is the first well powered, fully controlled study to objectively demonstrate the acute amotivational effects of THC.”  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-016-4383-x

“Cannabis reduces short-term motivation to work for money”  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160901211303.htm

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Cannabidiol rather than Cannabis sativa extracts inhibit cell growth and induce apoptosis in cervical cancer cells.

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“Cervical cancer remains a global health related issue among females of Sub-Saharan Africa, with over half a million new cases reported each year.

Different therapeutic regimens have been suggested in various regions of Africa, however, over a quarter of a million women die of cervical cancer, annually. This makes it the most lethal cancer amongst black women and calls for urgent therapeutic strategies.

In this study we compare the anti-proliferative effects of crude extract of Cannabis sativa and its main compound cannabidiol on different cervical cancer cell lines.

Results obtained indicate that both cannabidiol and Cannabis sativa extracts were able to halt cell proliferation in all cell lines at varying concentrations.

They further revealed that apoptosis was induced by cannabidiol as shown by increased subG0/G1 and apoptosis through annexin V. Apoptosis was confirmed by overexpression of p53, caspase 3 and bax. Apoptosis induction was further confirmed by morphological changes, an increase in Caspase 3/7 and a decrease in the ATP levels.


In conclusion, these data suggest that cannabidiol rather than Cannabis sativa crude extracts prevent cell growth and induce cell death in cervical cancer cell lines.”


“Different ethnic groups around the world use Cannabis sativa for smoking, preparing concoctions to treat diseases, and for various cultural purposes. It has been found to be effective against a variety of disorders including neurodegerative disorders, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Cannabis sativa in particular cannabidiol, we propose it plays important role in helping the body fight cancer through inhibition of pain and cell growth.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5009497/
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