CB2 receptor activation prevents glial-derived neurotoxic mediator production, BBB leakage and peripheral immune cell infiltration and rescues dopamine neurons in the MPTP model of Parkinson’s disease

“Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by the degeneration of nigrostriatal dopamine neurons.

The endocannabinoid system consists of cannabinoid receptors, their ligands and enzymes for the synthesis and degradation of cannabinoids.

Our results suggest that targeting the cannabinoid system may be beneficial for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as PD, that are associated with glial activation, BBB disruption and peripheral immune cell infiltration.

In summary, we demonstrated that activation of the CB2 receptor inhibits BBB damage, the expression of iNOS and proinflammatory cytokines/chemokines in activated microglia, the infiltration of T cells and astroglial expression of MPO, resulting in the survival of dopamine neurons in vivo in the MPTP mouse model of PD.

Therefore, it is likely that targeting the CB2 receptor may have therapeutic value in the treatment of aspects of PD related to neuroinflammation.”


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