Cota D, Marsicano G, Tschop M, Grubler Y, Flachskamm C, Schubert M et al. The endogenous cannabinoid system affects energy balance via central orexigenic drive and peripheral lipogenesis. J Clin Invest 112: 423-431

University of Milan, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Journal of Clinical Investigation (Impact Factor: 13.22). 08/2003; 112(3). DOI: 10.1172/JCI200317725
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The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and its endogenous ligands, the endocannabinoids, are involved in the regulation of food intake. Here we show that the lack of CB1 in mice with a disrupted CB1 gene causes hypophagia and leanness. As compared with WT (CB1(+/+)) littermates, mice lacking CB 1 (CB1(-/-)) exhibited reduced spontaneous caloric intake and, as a consequence of reduced total fat mass, decreased body weight. In young CB1(-/-) mice, the lean phenotype is predominantly caused by decreased caloric intake, whereas in adult CB1(-/-) mice, metabolic factors appear to contribute to the lean phenotype. No significant differences between genotypes were detected regarding locomotor activity body temperature, or energy expenditure. Hypothalamic CB 1 mRNA was found to be coexpressed with neuropeptides known to modulate food intake, such as corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), cocaine-amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH), and prepro-orexin, indicating a possible role for endocannabinoid receptors within central networks governing appetite. CB1(-/-) mice showed significantly increased CRH mRNA levels in the paraventricular nucleus and reduced CART mRNA levels in the dorsomedial and lateral hypothalamic areas. CB1 was also detected in epidydimal mouse adipocytes, and CB1-specific activation enhanced hpogenesis in primary adipocyte cultures. Our results indicate that the cannabinoid system is an essential endogenous regulator of energy homeostasis via central orexigenic as well as peripheral lipogenic mechanisms and might therefore represent a promising target to treat diseases characterized by impaired energy balance.

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    • "We used adult (8 weeks) male CB1-KO mice (Cota et al., 2003; Ravinet Trillou et al., 2004) and CaMK-CB1-KO mice and their wildtype (WT) littermates. In CaMK-CB1-KO mice, the CB1 receptor was deleted in forebrain neurons expressing the Ca2+/ calmodulin dependent kinase IIa, while CB1 expression is maintained in cortical GABAergic interneurons and in cerebellar neurons (Marsicano et al., 2003). "
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