Assay of FAAH activity

Monica Bari, Monica Feole, Mauro Maccarrone

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Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) is an intracellular enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of endogenous anandamide (AEA), a reaction that terminates the biological effects of this lipid mediator. The final products of this reaction are arachidonic acid and ethanolamine. In the method described herein, FAAH activity is measured through the use of a radioactive substrate by quantification of reaction products, that is, [14C]-ethanolamine from [14C-ethanolamine]-AEA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)10643745


  • AEA
  • Arachidonic acid
  • Bioactive lipids
  • Endocannabinoids
  • Enzyme
  • Ethanolamine
  • FAAH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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