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Potential metabolic and behavioural roles of the putative endocannabinoid receptors GPR18, GPR55 and GPR119 in feeding

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 10 ]


Ricardo E. Ramírez-Orozco, Ricardo García-Ruiz, Paula Morales, Carlos M. Villalón, J. Rafael Villafán-Bernal and Bruno A. Marichal-Cancino*   Pages 947 - 960 ( 14 )


Endocannabinoids are ancient biomolecules involved in several cellular (e.g., metabolism) and physiological (e.g., eating behaviour) functions. Indeed, eating behaviour alterations in marijuana users have led to investigate the orexigenic/anorexigenic effects of cannabinoids in animal/ human models. This increasing body of research suggests that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in feeding control. Accordingly, within the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors, enzymes and genes represent potential therapeutic targets for dealing with multiple metabolic and behavioural dysfunctions (e.g., obesity, anorexia, etc.). Paradoxically, our understanding on the endocannabinoid system as a cellular mediator is yet limited. For example: (i) only two cannabinoid receptors have been classified, but they are not enough to explain the pharmacological profile of several experimental effects induced by cannabinoids; and (ii) several orphan G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) interact with cannabinoids and we do not know how to classify them (e.g., GPR18, GPR55 and GPR119; amongst others).

On this basis, the present review attempts to summarize the lines of evidence supporting the potential role of GPR18, GPR55 and GPR119 in metabolism and feeding control that may explain some of the divergent effects and puzzling data related to cannabinoid research. Moreover, their therapeutic potential in feeding behaviour alterations will be considered.


Feeding control, endocannabinoid system, GPR18, GPR55, GPR119.


Departamento de Nutricion y Cultura Fisica, Centro de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Ciudad Universitaria, 20131 Aguascalientes, Ags, Departamento de Fisiologia, Facultad de Medicina. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico, Instituto de Quimica Fisica Rocasolano, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 28006 Madrid, Departamento de Farmacobiologia, Cinvestav- Coapa, Czda. Tenorios 235, Col. Granjas-Coapa, Deleg. Tlalpan, 14330 Ciudad de Mexico, Departamento de Cirugia, Centro de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, CP 20131 Aguascalientes, Ags, Departamento de Fisiologia y Farmacologia, Centro de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Ciudad Universitaria, 20131 Aguascalientes, Ags

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