Identification of receptors and enzymes for endocannabinoids in NSC-34 cells: relevance for in vitro studies with cannabinoids in motor neuron diseases.

“NSC-34 cells, a hybridoma cell line derived from the fusion of neuroblastoma cells with mice spinal cord cells, have been widely used as an in vitro model for the study of motor neuron diseases [i.e. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)]. In the present study, they were used to characterize different elements of the cannabinoid signaling system, which have been reported to serve as targets for the neuroprotective action of different natural and synthetic cannabinoid compounds…

Assuming that glutamate toxicity is one of the major causes of neuronal damage in ALS and other motor neurons diseases, the differentiated NSC-34 cells might serve as a useful model for studying neuroprotection with cannabinoids in conditions of excitotoxic injury, mitochondrial malfunctioning and oxidative stress.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22206832

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