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In order to investigate the effects of cannabinoids on prostaglandin (PG) formation in the mammalian central nervous system, slices were prepared from different regions of guinea pig brain and incubated with (-)-trans-delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with or without acetylcholine (ACh). The amounts of prostaglandins E (PGE) and (F (PGF) released into the(More)
Several studies have shown that the major psychoactive component in marihuana, (-)-(trans)-delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), increases the level of unesterified arachidonic acid (AA) in non-neural cells in culture. Little is known, however, about the effects of THC on AA metabolism in the mammalian brain. In the present study, slices from guinea pig brain(More)
We reported earlier that delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marihuana, increased markedly the level of unesterified arachidonic acid (AA) in guinea pig cerebral cortex slices prelabeled with [14C]AA. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the mechanism underlying THC-enhanced mobilization of AA. We could find(More)
There have been relatively few studies on the effects of neurotransmitters on the synthesis of prostaglandins in the brain. We report here that acetylcholine is very effective in stimulating prostaglandin synthesis in cerebellar cortex slices incubated in vitro, i.e., 5 microM acetylcholine increased prostaglandin levels up to 3-fold over control levels.(More)
A variety of neurotransmitters elicit a phosphoinositide response in the CNS; however, their effects on prostaglandin (PG) formation in the brain are not well characterized. In the present study, we investigated the effect of acetylcholine (ACh) on the synthesis of PGs E and F in slices from various regions of guinea pig brain incubated in glucose-fortified(More)
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