Identification of novel endogenous cytochrome P450 arachidonate metabolites with high affinity for cannabinoid receptors

Jiankang Chen, Jianchun Chen, John D. Imig, Shouzuo Wei, David L. Hachey, Jagadeesh Setti Guthi, John R. Falck, Jorge H. Capdevila, Raymond C. Harris

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Arachidonic acid is an essential constituent of cell membranes that is esterified to the sn-2-position of glycerophospholipids and is released from selected lipid pools by phospholipase cleavage. The released arachidonic acid can be metabolized by three enzymatic pathways: the cyclooxygenase pathway forming prostaglandins and thromboxanes, the lipoxygenase pathway generating leukotrienes and lipoxins, and the cytochrome P450 (cP450) pathway producing epoxyeicosatrienoic acids and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids. The present study describes a novel group of cP450 epoxygenase-dependent metabolites of arachidonic acid, termed 2-epoxyeicosatrienoylglycerols (2-EG), including two regioisomers, 2-(11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoyl) glycerol (2-11,12-EG) and 2-(14,15-epoxyeicosatrienoyl)-glycerol (2-14,15-EG), which are both produced in the kidney and spleen, whereas 2-11,12-EG is also detected in the brain. Both 2-11,12-EG and 2-14,15-EG activated the two cannabinoid (CB) receptor subtypes, CB1 and CB2, with high affinity and elicited biological responses in cultured cells expressing CB receptors and in intact animals. In contrast, the parental arachidonic acid and epoxyeicosatrienoic acids failed to activate CB1 or CB2 receptors. Thus, these cP450 epoxygenase-dependent metabolites are a novel class of endogenously produced, biologically active lipid mediators with the characteristics of endocannabinoids. This is the first evidence of a cytochrome P450-dependent arachidonate metabolite that can activate G-protein-coupled cell membrane receptors and suggests a functional link between the cytochrome P450 enzyme system and the endocannabinoid system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24514-24524
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume283
Issue number36
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2008

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Cannabinoid Receptors
Metabolites
Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
Arachidonic Acid
Cannabinoid Receptor CB2
Cannabinoid Receptor CB1
Endocannabinoids
Cell membranes
Lipoxins
Cell Membrane
Glycerophospholipids
Lipids
Hydroxyeicosatetraenoic Acids
Acids
Lipoxygenase
Phospholipases
Leukotrienes
Thromboxanes
Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases
GTP-Binding Proteins

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Identification of novel endogenous cytochrome P450 arachidonate metabolites with high affinity for cannabinoid receptors. / Chen, Jiankang; Chen, Jianchun; Imig, John D.; Wei, Shouzuo; Hachey, David L.; Guthi, Jagadeesh Setti; Falck, John R.; Capdevila, Jorge H.; Harris, Raymond C.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 283, No. 36, 05.09.2008, p. 24514-24524.

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Chen, J, Chen, J, Imig, JD, Wei, S, Hachey, DL, Guthi, JS, Falck, JR, Capdevila, JH & Harris, RC 2008, 'Identification of novel endogenous cytochrome P450 arachidonate metabolites with high affinity for cannabinoid receptors', Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol. 283, no. 36, pp. 24514-24524. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M709873200
Chen, Jiankang ; Chen, Jianchun ; Imig, John D. ; Wei, Shouzuo ; Hachey, David L. ; Guthi, Jagadeesh Setti ; Falck, John R. ; Capdevila, Jorge H. ; Harris, Raymond C. / Identification of novel endogenous cytochrome P450 arachidonate metabolites with high affinity for cannabinoid receptors. In: Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2008 ; Vol. 283, No. 36. pp. 24514-24524.
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