Cannabinoids and the Brain by Attila Köfalvi

By Attila Köfalvi

Endocannabinoids have large healing capability. This ebook introduces readers to our present figuring out of the neurobiology of endocannabinoids and comparable structures, detailing their pathophysiological position and healing power. Authors, skilled medical investigators, current and examine result of contemporary medical trials in addition to the improvement of recent healing options and drugs.

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They identified two closely related genes (α and β): both enzymes are mostly expressed in the 10,000×g membrane fraction and exhibit optimal activity at pH 7. The activities of these enzymes were stimulated by Ca2+ and blocked by p-hydroxymercuribenzoate, HgCl2, and RHC-80267, a DG lipase inhibitor. Tetrahydrolipstatin, another DG lipase inhibitor, also suppressed the activities of both enzymes and decreased the ionomycin-induced generation of 2-AG. These results strongly suggest that the enzymes mentioned above actually contribute to the biosynthesis and release of 2-AG.

2005). , 2005). These results clearly indicated that NAPEphospholipase D actually utilizes endogenous NAPE as a substrate to release N-acylethanolamines in living cells. In any case, the discovery of NAPE-specific phospholipase D strongly suggests that this enzyme is a physiologically and/or pathophysiologically important one and that saturated or monoenoic species of N-acylethanolamines, in addition to anandamide, may play some yet unknown essential roles in mammalian tissues and cells. 20 T.

Petersen and Hansen (1999) demonstrated that the NAPEspecific phospholipase D lacks the ability to transphosphatidylate. Moesgaard and colleagues (2000) demonstrated that the NAPE-specific phospholipase D activity substantially increased during the early development of the rat brain. A breakthrough with regard to this enzyme was recently achieved by Ueda and coworkers. Okamoto and colleagues (2004) purified NAPE-specific phospholipase D from rat heart and cloned the gene encoding the protein. This enzyme is composed of 393–396 amino acids and has no homology with the known phospholipase D enzymes but is classified as a member of the zinc metallohydrolase family with the β-lactamase fold.

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