Stimulation of diuresis and natriuresis by renomedullary infusion of a dual inhibitor of fatty acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol lipase

Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2017 Nov 1;313(5):F1068-F1076. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00196.2017. Epub 2017 Aug 2.


The renal medulla, considered critical for the regulation of salt and water balance and long-term blood pressure control, is enriched in anandamide and two of its major metabolizing enzymes, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Infusion of anandamide (15, 30, and 60 nmol·min-1·kg-1) into the renal medulla of C57BL/6J mice stimulated diuresis and salt excretion in a COX-2- but not COX-1-dependent manner. To determine whether endogenous endocannabinoids in the renal medulla can elicit similar effects, the effects of intramedullary isopropyl dodecyl fluorophosphate (IDFP), which inhibits the two major endocannabinoid hydrolases, were studied. IDFP treatment increased the urine formation rate and sodium excretion in a COX-2- but not COX-1-dependent manner. Neither anandamide nor IDFP affected the glomerular filtration rate. Neither systemic (0.625 mg·kg-1·30 min-1 iv) nor intramedullary (15 nmol·min-1·kg-1·30 min-1) IDFP pretreatment before intramedullary anandamide (15-30 nmol·min-1·kg-1) strictly blocked effects of anandamide, suggesting that hydrolysis of anandamide was not necessary for its diuretic effect. Intramedullary IDFP had no effect on renal blood flow but stimulated renal medullary blood flow. The effects of IDFP on urine flow rate and medullary blood flow were FAAH-dependent as demonstrated using FAAH knockout mice. Analysis of mouse urinary PGE2 concentrations by HPLC-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry showed that IDFP treatment decreased urinary PGE2 These data are consistent with a role of FAAH and endogenous anandamide acting through a COX-2-dependent metabolite to regulate diuresis and salt excretion in the mouse kidney.

Keywords: anandamide; diuresis; endogenous endocannabinoids; fatty acid amide hydrolase; renal medulla.

MeSH terms

  • Amidohydrolases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Amidohydrolases / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Arachidonic Acids / metabolism
  • Cyclooxygenase 2 / metabolism
  • Diuresis* / drug effects
  • Endocannabinoids / metabolism
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / pharmacology*
  • Kidney Medulla / drug effects
  • Kidney Medulla / metabolism
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Monoacylglycerol Lipases / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Monoacylglycerol Lipases / metabolism
  • Natriuresis / drug effects
  • Natriuresis / physiology
  • Polyunsaturated Alkamides / metabolism
  • Renal Circulation / physiology


  • Arachidonic Acids
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Polyunsaturated Alkamides
  • Ptgs2 protein, mouse
  • Cyclooxygenase 2
  • Monoacylglycerol Lipases
  • Amidohydrolases
  • fatty-acid amide hydrolase
  • anandamide