Send to

Choose Destination
Biochem Pharmacol. 1999 Feb 15;57(4):417-23.

Enzymes of porcine brain hydrolyzing 2-arachidonoylglycerol, an endogenous ligand of cannabinoid receptors.

Author information

Department of Biochemistry, Tokushima University, School of Medicine, Japan.


Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are two endogenous ligands for the cannabinoid receptors, and their cannabimimetic activities are lost when they are hydrolyzed enzymatically. Cytosol and particulate fractions of porcine brain exhibited a high 2-AG hydrolyzing activity of 100 nmol/min/mg protein. Most of the activity could be attributed to a monoacylglycerol lipase-like enzyme that did not hydrolyze anandamide. It was separated by hydroxyapatite chromatography from anandamide amidohydrolase, which is also capable of hydrolyzing 2-AG as well as anandamide. Thus, porcine brain has at least two enzymes capable of hydrolyzing 2-AG. The 2-AG hydrolase activities of both the cytosolic and particulate enzymes were irreversibly and time-dependently inhibited by methyl arachidonyl fluorophosphonate with IC50 values as low as 2-3 nM.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center