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Int Rev Neurobiol. 2015;125:1-47. doi: 10.1016/bs.irn.2015.10.001. Epub 2015 Nov 6.

The Endocannabinoid Signaling System in the CNS: A Primer.

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Neuroscience Research Center, and Department of Pharmacology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Electronic address: chillard@mcw.edu.

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide an introduction to the mechanisms for the regulation of endocannabinoid signaling through CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system. The processes involved in the synthesis and degradation of the two most well-studied endocannabinoids, 2-arachidonoylglycerol and N-arachidonylethanolamine are outlined along with information regarding the regulation of the proteins involved. Signaling mechanisms and pharmacology of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor are outlined, as is the paradigm of endocannabinoid/CB1 receptor regulation of neurotransmitter release. The reader is encouraged to appreciate the importance of the endocannabinoid/CB1 receptor signaling system in the regulation of synaptic activity in the brain.

KEYWORDS:

CB1 cannabinoid receptor; Degradation; Endocannabinoid; Synaptic plasticity; Synthesis

PMID:
26638763
PMCID:
PMC6813823
DOI:
10.1016/bs.irn.2015.10.001
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