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N-arachidonoyl L-serine, an endocannabinoid-like brain constituent with vasodilatory properties.

The endocannabinoid N-arachidonoyl ethanolamine (anandamide), found both in the CNS and in the periphery, plays a role in numerous physiological systems. One might expect that the chemically related N-arachidonoyl-L-serine (ARA-S) could also be formed alongside anandamide. We have now isolated ARA-S from bovine brain and elucidated its structure by comparison with synthetic ARA-S. Contrary to anandamide, ARA-S binds very weakly to cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 or vanilloid TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) receptors. However, it produces endothelium-dependent vasodilation of rat isolated mesenteric arteries and abdominal aorta and stimulates phosphorylation of p44/42 mitogen- activated protein (MAP) kinase and protein kinase B/Akt in cultured endothelial cells. ARA-S also suppresses LPS-induced formation of TNF-alpha in a murine macrophage cell line and in wild-type mice, as well as in mice deficient in CB1 or CB2 receptors. Many of these effects parallel those reported for abnormal cannabidiol (Abn-CBD), a synthetic agonist of a putative novel cannabinoid-type receptor. Hence, ARA-S may represent an endogenous agonist for this receptor.[1]


  1. N-arachidonoyl L-serine, an endocannabinoid-like brain constituent with vasodilatory properties. Milman, G., Maor, Y., Abu-Lafi, S., Horowitz, M., Gallily, R., Batkai, S., Mo, F.M., Offertaler, L., Pacher, P., Kunos, G., Mechoulam, R. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2006) [Pubmed]
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