Increased expression of cannabinoid CB(1) receptors in achilles tendinosis
2011 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 9, e24731- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: The endogenous cannabinoid system is involved in the control of pain. However, little is known as to the integrity of the cannabinoid system in human pain syndromes. Here we investigate the expression of the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB(1)) in human Achilles tendons from healthy volunteers and from patients with Achilles tendinosis.
Methodology: Cannabinoid CB(1) receptor immunoreactivity (CB(1)IR) was evaluated in formalin-fixed biopsies from individuals suffering from painful Achilles tendinosis in comparison with healthy human Achilles tendons.
Principal Findings: CB(1)IR was seen as a granular pattern in the tenocytes. CB(1)IR was also observed in the blood vessel wall and in the perineurium of the nerve. Quantification of the immunoreactivity in tenocytes showed an increase of CB(1) receptor expression in tendinosis tissue compared to control tissue.
Conclusion: Expression of cannabinoid receptor 1 is increased in human Achilles tendinosis suggesting that the cannabinoid system may be dysregulated in this disorder.
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San Francisco, CA: Public Library of Science , 2011. Vol. 6, no 9, e24731- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47905DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0024731ISI: 000294802800087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47905DiVA: diva2:445709