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Papers: 13 Mar 2021 - 19 Mar 2021

Animal Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2021 Apr

J Pharmacol Sci



Anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects of the selective cannabinoid CB receptor agonist ABK5.


Tang Y, Wolk B, Britch SC, Craft RM, Kendall DA
J Pharmacol Sci. 2021 Apr; 145(4):319-326.
PMID: 33712283.


Cannabinoid receptors are a potential target for anti-inflammatory and pain therapeutics. There are two subtypes, CB and CB, and Δ-tetrahydrocannabinol activates both of them, providing an analgesic effect but also psychoactive side effects. The psychoactive side effects are considered to be caused by activation of CB, but not CB. ABK5 is a CB subtype selective agonist that has a very different structure from known cannabinoid receptor agonists. Here, we report anti-inflammatory effects of ABK5 using the T-cell line Jurkat cells, and antinociceptive effect in an inflammatory pain model in rats. Production of the cytokines IL-2 and TNF-α was measured in stimulated Jurkat cells and MOLT-4 cells, and CXCL12-mediated chemotaxis of Jurkat cells was evaluated by a transwell migration assay. Anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects of ABK5 were also evaluated in a hindpaw CFA model in rats. ABK5 significantly decreased production of IL-2 and TNF-α measured as both mRNA and protein levels, and reduced chemotaxis towards CXCL12. It also attenuated edema and increased mechanical threshold in the hindpaw of CFA-treated rats. These results suggest that ABK5 is a good lead compound for the development of potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic agents.