Allosterism and cannabinoid CB1 receptors: the shape of things to come

Ruth A. Ross

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In 2005, the first evidence was obtained that the cannabinoid CB, receptor contains an allosteric binding site. The site can be recognized by synthetic small molecules, which display a markedly divergent effect on orthosteric ligand affinity versus efficacy; these small molecules are allosteric enhancers of agonist binding affinity and allosteric inhibitors of agonist signalling efficacy. Allosteric modulation heralds a new approach to the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system for therapeutic benefit; it promises to augment the existing portfolio of selective direct agonists, competitive antagonists and enzyme inhibitors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-572
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Pharmacological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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  • endocannabinoid system
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