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The endocannabinoid system in invertebrates.

By February 23, 2002No Comments
2002 Feb-Mar;66(2-3):353-61.

pm8The endocannabinoid system in invertebrates.


What is the role of the cannabinoid system in invertebrates and can it tell us something about the human system? We discuss in this review the possible presence of the cannabinoid system in invertebrates. Endocannabinoid processes, i.e., enzymatic hydrolysis, as well as cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, have been identified in various species of invertebrates. These signal molecules appear to have multiple roles in invertebrates; diminishing sensory input, control of reproduction, feeding behavior, neurotransmission and antiinflammatory actions. We propose that since this system worked so well, it was retained during evolution, and that invertebrates can serve as a model to study endogenous cannabinoid signaling.
Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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