Mitochondrial CB₁ receptors regulate neuronal energy metabolism

Bénard, Giovanni; Massa, Federico; Puente, Nagore; Lourenço, Joana; Bellocchio, Luigi; Soria-Gómez, Edgar; Matias, Isabel; Delamarre, Anna; Metna-Laurent, Mathilde; Cannich, Astrid; Hebert-Chatelain, Etienne; Mulle, Christophe; Ortega-Gutiérrez, Silvia; Martín-Fontecha, Mar; Klugmann, Matthias; Guggenhuber, Stephan; Lutz, Beat; Gertsch, Jürg; Chaouloff, Francis; López-Rodríguez, María Luz; ... (2012). Mitochondrial CB₁ receptors regulate neuronal energy metabolism. Nature neuroscience, 15(4), pp. 558-64. New York, N.Y.: Nature America 10.1038/nn.3053

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The mammalian brain is one of the organs with the highest energy demands, and mitochondria are key determinants of its functions. Here we show that the type-1 cannabinoid receptor (CB(1)) is present at the membranes of mouse neuronal mitochondria (mtCB(1)), where it directly controls cellular respiration and energy production. Through activation of mtCB(1) receptors, exogenous cannabinoids and in situ endocannabinoids decreased cyclic AMP concentration, protein kinase A activity, complex I enzymatic activity and respiration in neuronal mitochondria. In addition, intracellular CB(1) receptors and mitochondrial mechanisms contributed to endocannabinoid-dependent depolarization-induced suppression of inhibition in the hippocampus. Thus, mtCB(1) receptors directly modulate neuronal energy metabolism, revealing a new mechanism of action of G protein-coupled receptor signaling in the brain.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

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Gertsch, Jürg




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04 Oct 2013 14:38

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