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Effects Of COX‐2 Inhibition On Spinal Nociception: The Role Of Endocannabinoids

L. E. Staniaszek, L. Norris, D. Kendall, D. Barrett, V. Chapman
Published 2010 · Chemistry, Medicine

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Background and purpose:  Recent studies suggest that the effects of cyclooxygenase‐2 (COX‐2) inhibition are mediated by cannabinoid receptor activation. However, some non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs inhibit the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase, which regulates levels of some endocannabinoids. Whether COX‐2 directly regulates levels of endocannabinoids in vivo is unclear. Here, the effect of the COX‐2 inhibitor nimesulide, which does not inhibit fatty acid amide hydrolase, on spinal nociceptive processing was determined. Effects of nimesulide on tissue levels of endocannabinoids and related compounds were measured and the role of cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors was determined.
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