Catalog Number: 1298
Alternate Names: 2-AG, Arachidonoylglycerol
Chemical Name: (5Z,8Z,11Z,14Z)-5,8,11,14-Eicosatetraenoic acid, 2-hydroxy-1-(hydroxymethyl)ethyl ester
Biological Activity
Endogenous cannabinoid ligand that acts as a potent agonist at GPR55 (EC50 values are 3, 519 and 618 nM at GPR55, CB1 and CB2 respectively; Ki values are 472 and 1400 nM at CB1 and CB2 respectively). Found in the brain at concentrations 1000-fold higher than that of anandamide. Effects are enhanced by combined administration with 2-palmitoylglycerol (Cat. No. 2206) in vivo.
Technical Data
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  • Solubility:
    Soluble to 100 mM in ethanol and to 100 mM in DMSO
  • Storage:
    Store at -80°C
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Background References
  1. The orphan receptor GPR55 is a novel cannabinoid receptor.
    Ryberg et al.
    Br.J.Pharmacol., 2007;152:1092
  2. Evidence that the cannabinoid CB1 receptor is a 2-arachidonoylglycerol receptor.
    Sugiura et al.
    J.Biol.Chem., 1999;274:2794
  3. Identification of an endogenous 2-monoglyceride, present in canine gut, that binds to cannabinoid receptors.
    Mechoulam et al.
    Biochem.Pharmacol., 1995;50:83
  4. Evidence that 2-arachidonoylglycerol but not N-palmitoylethanolamine or anandamide is the physiological ligand for the cannabinoid CB2 receptor.
    Sugiura et al.
    J.Biol.Chem., 2000;275:605

The citations listed below are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for 2-Arachidonylglycerol include:

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  1. Increasing levels of the endocannabinoid 2-AG is neuroprotective in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine mouse model of Parkinson's disease.
    Authors: Mounsey Et al.
    Pharmacol Res
  2. Ligand-specific endocytic dwell times control functional selectivity of the cannabinoid receptor 1.
    Authors: Flores-Otero Et al.
    Nat Commun
  3. Diacylglycerol lipase regulates lifespan and oxidative stress response by inversely modulating TOR signaling in Drosophila and C. elegans.
    Authors: Lin Et al.
    Aging Cell
  4. Differential modulation of nociceptive versus non-nociceptive synapses by endocannabinoids.
    Authors: Higgins Et al.
    Mol Pain
  5. The inhibition of 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol (2-AG) biosynthesis, rather than enhancing striatal damage, protects striatal neurons from malonate-induced death: a potential role of cyclooxygenase-2-dependent metabolism of 2-AG.
    Authors: Valdeolivas Et al.
    Br J Pharmacol
  6. Activation of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (Cb1r) disrupts hepatic insulin receptor signaling via cyclic AMP-response element-binding protein H (Crebh)-mediated induction of Lipin1 gene.
    Authors: Chanda Et al.
    J Cell Biol
  7. Increasing 2-arachidonoyl glycerol signaling in the periphery attenuates mechanical hyperalgesia in a model of bone cancer pain.
    Authors: Khasabova Et al.
    J Biol Chem
  8. Endocannabinoid-dependent LTD in a nociceptive synapse requires activation of a presynaptic TRPV-like receptor.
    Authors: Yuan and Burrell
    J Neurophysiol
  9. Cannabinoid regulation of nitric oxide synthase I (nNOS) in neuronal cells.
    Authors: Carney Et al.
    J Neuroimmune Pharmacol
  10. Pretreatment with electroacupuncture induces rapid tolerance to focal cerebral ischemia through regulation of endocannabinoid system.
    Authors: Wang Et al.
  11. Endothelium-dependent metabolism by endocannabinoid hydrolases and cyclooxygenases limits vasorelaxation to anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol.
    Authors: Ho and Randall
    Exp Neurol
  12. The FGF receptor uses the endocannabinoid signaling system to couple to an axonal growth response.
    Authors: Williams Et al.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
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