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Cortisol-mediated adhesion of synovial fibroblasts is dependent on the degradation of anandamide and activation of the endocannabinoid system

Lowin, Torsten ; Zhu, Wentao ; Dettmer-Wilde, Katja ; Straub, Rainer H.


OBJECTIVE: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial fluid, levels of the endocannabinoids anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonylglycerol are elevated. Since synovial fibroblasts (SFs) possess all of the enzymes necessary for endocannabinoid synthesis, it is likely that these cells contribute significantly to elevated endocannabinoid levels. While glucocorticoids initiate endocannabinoid synthesis in ...


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