Experientia

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 88–92

Synthesis and cannabinoid receptor binding activity of conjugated triene anandamide, a novel eicosanoid

Authors

  • M. L. Wise
    • Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsOregon State University
  • K. Soderstrom
    • College of PharmacyOregon State University
  • T. F. Murray
    • College of PharmacyOregon State University
  • W. H. Gerwick
    • Department of Biochemistry and BiophysicsOregon State University
    • College of PharmacyOregon State University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01922423

Cite this article as:
Wise, M.L., Soderstrom, K., Murray, T.F. et al. Experientia (1996) 52: 88. doi:10.1007/BF01922423

Abstract

A polyenoic fatty-acid isomerase (PFI) from a red marine alga was used to convert anandamide (5Z,8Z,11Z,14Z-eicosatetraenoyl-N-ethanolamide) to the 5Z,7E,9E,14Z-eicosatetraenoyl-N-ethanolamide isomer. This novel eicosanoid, termed conjugated triene anandamide (CTA), was assessed for its ability to bind to the cannabinoid receptor in rat brain membrane preparations. CTA is a high affinity cannabimimetic substance whose novel structure provides new insight into structure-activity relationships of cannabinoid receptor ligands. These experiments illustrate the utility of enzymes isolated from marine organisms in the development of pharmacological probes.

Key words

Cannabinoid receptorpolyenoic fatty-acid isomerasemarine enzymeanandamidered algae

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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel 1996