Rep : anandamide etymon?

Mr SHIRE David DAVID.SHIRE at sanofi.com
Thu Nov 26 03:39:51 EST 1998


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> Dear Colleagues,
>         The neuro- and immunomodulatory fatty acid derivative,
> arachidonylethanolamine, is also trivially known as "ananandamide". Could
> anybody tell me what the etymology of the word "anandamide", as applied to
> this compound is? I have not been able to trace the original coinage so far,
> but have a nagging feeling that it has to do with the Sanskrit word
> "Anandam", meaning bliss or happiness (given the occurance of this comp. in
> Cannabis(?))
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> Regards,
> Hiranya.
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> Dr. Hiranya Sankar Roychowdhury
> Plant Genetic Engineering Lab.
> New Mexico State University
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Yes, that's it exactly, as explained in ref 11 of the original anandamide paper from William Devane in Raphael Mechoulam's lab. See Science 258 1946-1949 (1992).

David 



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