“Cannabinoids have been shown to exert neuroprotective effects in a plethora of neurodegenerative conditions.
Over the past decade, some studies demonstrate that cannabinoids can interact with nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs).We investigated protective properties of WIN55212-2 (WIN, a non-selective cannabinoid receptor agonist) in beta-amyloid (Aβ)-induced neurodegeneration in rat hippocampus and possible involvement of PPAR-gamma (PPAR-γ). Aβ (1-42) was injected into the hippocampus of male rats. Animals were administered by intracerebroventricular rout the following treatments on days 1, 3, 5, 7: vehicle, WIN, GW9662 (selective PPAR-γ antagonist) plus WIN, AM251 (selective CB₁ receptor antagonist) plus WIN, SR144528 (selective CB₂ receptor antagonist) plus WIN, each of antagonists alone. Injection of Aβ-induced spatial memory impairment and a dramatic rise in hippocampal TNF-α, active caspase 3, nuclear NF-kB levels and TUNEL-positive neurons. WIN administration significantly improved memory function and diminished the elevated levels of these markers, while antagonizing either CB₁ or CB₂ receptor subtype partially attenuated the protective effects. Intriguingly, WIN significantly increased PPAR-γ level and transcriptional activity, the latter being partially inhibited with AM251 but not with SR144528. The enhancing effect on PPAR-γ pathway was crucial to WIN-induced neuroprotection since GW9662 partially reversed the beneficial actions of WIN. Co-administration of the three antagonists led to the complete abrogation of WIN effects.
Our findings indicate that WIN exerts neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory actions against Aβ damage through both CB₁ and CB₂ receptors. Of great note, both direct and CB₁-mediated increase in PPAR-γ signaling also contributes to WIN-induced neuroprotection.”