The monoacylglycerol lipase inhibitor JZL184 suppresses inflammatory pain in the mouse carrageenan model

Life Sci. 2013 Mar 19;92(8-9):498-505. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2012.06.020. Epub 2012 Jun 28.


Aim: The present study tested whether the selective monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) inhibitor JZL184 would reduce allodynia and paw edema in the carrageenan test.

Main methods: The anti-edematous and anti-allodynic effects of JZL184 were compared to those of PF-3845, an inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), and diclofenac, a non-selective cyclooxygenase inhibitor. Cannabinoid receptor involvement in the anti-edematous and anti-allodynic effects of JZL184 was evaluated by administration of the respective CB1 and CB2 receptor antagonists rimonabant and SR144528 as well as with CB1(-/-) and CB2(-/-) mice. JZL184 (1.6, 4, 16, or 40mg/kg) was administered for six days to assess tolerance.

Key findings: JZL184 administered before or after carrageenan significantly attenuated carrageenan-induced paw edema and mechanical allodynia. Complementary genetic and pharmacological approaches revealed that the anti-allodynic effects of JZL184 required both CB1 and CB2 receptors, but only CB2 receptors mediated its anti-edematous actions. Importantly, both the anti-edematous and anti-allodynic effects underwent tolerance following repeated injections of high dose JZL184 (16 or 40mg/kg), but repeated administration of low dose JZL184 (4mg/kg) retained efficacy.

Significance: These results suggest that the MAGL inhibitor JZL184 reduces inflammatory nociception through the activation of both CB1 and CB2 receptors, with no evidence of tolerance following repeated administration of low doses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Amidohydrolases / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Benzodioxoles / pharmacology*
  • Carrageenan
  • Diclofenac / therapeutic use
  • Edema / chemically induced
  • Edema / drug therapy
  • Hyperalgesia / chemically induced
  • Hyperalgesia / drug therapy
  • Inflammation / chemically induced
  • Inflammation / drug therapy*
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Monoacylglycerol Lipases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Pain / chemically induced
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Pain / pathology
  • Pain Measurement / drug effects
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Piperidines / pharmacology*
  • Pyridines / pharmacology
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1 / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1 / genetics
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB2 / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB2 / genetics


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Benzodioxoles
  • JZL 184
  • PF 3845
  • Piperidines
  • Pyridines
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB1
  • Receptor, Cannabinoid, CB2
  • Diclofenac
  • Carrageenan
  • Monoacylglycerol Lipases
  • Amidohydrolases
  • fatty-acid amide hydrolase