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BACKGROUND The endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) plays a crucial role in multiple physiological processes in the central nervous system and in the periphery. The discovery that selective cannabinoid (CB) receptor agonists exert a potent inhibitory action on gastrointestinal (GI) motility and pain has placed the ECS in the center of attention as a possible(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common type of dementia, is characterized by the presence of senile plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, and neuronal loss in defined regions of the brain including the hippocampus and cortex. Transplantation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) offers a safe and potentially effective tool for treating(More)
RATIONALE Intra-median raphe nucleus (MRN) administration of the 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT decreases lateral hypothalamic self-stimulation thresholds and is reported to have biphasic effects following systemic administration. These experiments attempted to extend the previous findings to mesolimbic pathway self-stimulation at ventral tegmental(More)
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