Encannabinoids: multi-modal regulators of the stress response
Venue: Centre Broca Nouvelle-Aquitaine / Salle de Conférence
Invited by the NBA and Bordeaux Neurocampus.
Endocannabinoids are well established to buffer stress responses in the brain, with emerging evidence suggest that they exhibit both tonic control of stress responses at rest, as well as phasic control in response to stress itself. Converging evidence has indicated that anandamide may be the primary endocannabinoid regulating tonic control of the stress response, and that disruption of anandamide signaling may facilitate generation of a stress response. Our work has suggested that this effect may particularly mediated by local actions within the amygdala. Translational work in human populations, using both genetics and pharmacology as a window into the effects of anandamide signaling in humans, has suggested that similar to rodents, anandamide may constrain stress, anxiety and fear, in part through regulating amygdala reactivity to threat and challenge. Together, these data would suggest that approaches to regulating anandamide signaling in humans may be a novel approach to treating stress-related psychiatric illnesses.
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