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Abstract #4422

Investigation of neurovascular coupling to cannabinoid 1 receptor occupancy: a simultaneous PET/fMRI study on non-human primates

Chi-Hyeon Yoo1, Nisha Rani1, Frederick Bagdasarian1, Sarah Reid1, Changning Wang1, and Hsiao-Ying Wey1
1Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA, United States


The goal of this study was to investigate relationship between hemodynamic responses and underlying neurochemistry targeting cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) in response to the injection of rimonabant in non-human primates using simultaneous positron emission tomography (PET) and function magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Following the rimonabant injection, fast and slow hemodynamic responses were identified throughout the brain. The CB1R occupancy estimates suggested that the radiotracer binding to CB1R was blocked by rimonabant highly in cerebellum and several brain regions. Future PET/fMRI studies with other CB1R-agonists/antagonists and more accurate occupancy estimates will provide further understanding about neurovascular coupling to CB1R.

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