1998 Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 224-226
Interactions of anandamide (N-arachidonylethanolamide), an endogenous compound for cannabinoid receptors, with the receptors for 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), benzodiazepine, and γ-aminobutyric acidA (GABAA) receptors in bovine synaptic membrane were examined. Anandamide decreased the 5-HT receptor bindings at concentrations of 1-100 μM, although it did not cause any change in benzodiazepine or GABAA receptor bindings. A high concentration of anandamide, 100μM, significantly decrease both [3H]5-HT and [3H]ketanserin bindings. The present study revealed that the pharmacological activity of anandamide might be partially mediated through the 5-HT receptor.