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J Neuroendocrinol. 2008 May;20 Suppl 1:130-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2826.2008.01682.x.

Cannabinoid type 1 receptor: another arrow in the adipocytes' bow.

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  • 1Center of Applied Biomedical Research (CRBA), Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.


The endocannabinoid system has recently emerged as an important modulator of several functions of adipose tissue, including cell proliferation, differentiation and secretion. Here, we will review the effects of cannabinoid type 1 (CB(1)) receptor activation/blockade in adipocytes by summarising the data in the literature since the discovery of the presence of this receptor in adipose tissue. We will also discuss our original data obtained in mouse 3T3-L1 adipocyte cells using WIN55 212, a CB(1)/CB(2) receptor agonist and SR141716 (rimonabant), a specific CB(1) receptor antagonist, respectively, in different experimental settings.

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