In patients with ALS and reactive gliosis, spinal cord- and cortical motor neurons as well as astrocytes had elevated CB2 but no changes in CB1, MAGL or FAAH (Espejo-Porras et al., 2018a).
In the TDP-43 (A315T) mouse model of ALS, THC-like substances reduce reactive gliosis and improve motor performance via CB2 (Espejo-Porras et al., 2018b).
In the hSOD(G93A) mouse model of ALS, THC prevented neuronal excitotoxicity, improved motor performance and increased survival by 5% (Raman et al., 2004; Urbi et al., 2018).
In the hSOD(G93A) mouse model of ALS, elevating 2AG by MAGL inhibition protected against inflammation and neurodegeneration (Pasquarelli et al., 2017).
In the hSOD(G93A) mouse model of ALS, a synthetic CBG-derivative was protective against reactive gliosis, preserved motor neurons and attenuated weight loss via PPARγ (Rodríguez-Cueto et al., 2018).
The SOD1 dog model of ALS also shows glial upregulation of CB2 and reactive gliosis (Fernández-Trapero et al., 2017).
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