Effect of Synthetic Cannabinoid HU210 on Memory Deficits and Neuropathology in Alzheimers Disease Mouse Model

  • Chen B
  • Bromley-Brits K
  • He G
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Cannabinoids have been shown to increase neurogenesis in adult brain, as well as protect neurons from excitotoxicity, calcium influx, inflammation, and ischemia. Recent studies have shown that synthetic cannabinoids can alleviate water maze impairments in rats treated with intracranial amyloid beta protein (Abeta); however it is unknown whether this effect is due to the cannabinoids' anti-inflammatory properties or whether it affects Abeta processing. Here we investigate whether cannabinoids have any effect on Alzheimer's disease in vivo. We found that HU210, a potent synthetic cannabinoid, did not improve water maze performance or a contextual fear conditioning task in an APP23/PS45 double transgenic mouse model of AD. HU210 had no effect on APP processing and Abeta generation, as well as neuritic plaque formation in the brains of AD transgenic mice. Our study showed that synthetic cannabinoid HU210 had no beneficial effects on AD neuropathology and behavioral deficits of AD model mice, which advises caution of such drug's application in AD therapies.

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  • alzheimer
  • cannabinoids
  • hu210
  • memory deficits
  • neurogenesis

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  • B. Chen

  • K. Bromley-Brits

  • G. He

  • F. Cai

  • X. Zhang

  • W. Song

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