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Eur J Pharmacol. 2004 Apr 5;489(1-2):21-7.

Atypical cannabinoid stimulates endothelial cell migration via a Gi/Go-coupled receptor distinct from CB1, CB2 or EDG-1.

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Laboratory of Physiologic Studies, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-8115, USA.


The endothelium-dependent mesenteric vasorelaxant effect of anandamide has been attributed to stimulation of a Gi/Go-coupled receptor, for which the nonpsychoactive analog abnormal cannabidiol (abn-cbd, (-)-4-(3-3,4-trans-p-menthadien-[1,8]-yl)olivetol) is a selective agonist and the compound O-1918 ((-)-4-(3-3,4-trans-p-menthadien-(1,8)-yl)-orcinol) is a selective antagonist. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells abn-cbd was reported to increase the phosphorylation of p44/42 mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) and protein kinase B/Akt, and these effects could be inhibited by pertussis toxin, by phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors or by O-1918 [Mol. Pharmacol. 63 (2003) 699]. In the present experiments, abn-cbd caused a concentration-dependent increase in human umbilical vein endothelial cell migration, as quantified in a transwell chamber. This effect was antagonized by O-1918, by the PI3K inhibitor wortmannin, and by pertussis toxin, but not by the cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonist AM251 or the cannabinoid CB2 receptor antagonist SR144528. The EDG-1 receptor agonist sphingosine-1-phosphate also increased human umbilical vein endothelial cell migration, but this response was unaffected by O-1918. In Chinese hamster ovary cells stably transfected with the gene encoding the EDG-1 receptor, p44/42 MAPK phosphorylation was unaffected by abn-cbd, but strongly induced by sphingosine-1-phosphate. These results indicate that an abn-cbd-sensitive endothelial receptor distinct from cannabinoid CB1, CB2 or EDG-1 receptors mediates not only vasorelaxation but also endothelial cell migration.

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