N-acylethanolamines, anandamide and food intake.

  title={N-acylethanolamines, anandamide and food intake.},
  author={Harald S Hansen and Thi Ai Diep},
  journal={Biochemical pharmacology},
  volume={78 6},
Anandamide and the other N-acylethanolamines, e.g. oleoylethanolamide (OEA), palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), and linoleoylethanolamide (LEA), may be formed by several enzymatic pathways from their precursors, which are the N-acylated ethanolamine phospholipids. The exact enzymatic pathways involved in their biosynthesis in specific tissues are not clarified. It has been suggested that endogenous anandamide could stimulate food intake by activation of cannabinoid receptors in the brain and/or in… CONTINUE READING