Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 33388214
Link to DOI – S0966-842X(20)30325-510.1016/j.tim.2020.12.008
Trends Microbiol 2020 Dec; ():
The mammalian endocannabinoid system modulates gastrointestinal physiology and immunity via lipid hormones (endocannabinoids). Ellermann et al. have recently revealed the effect of the endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) on intestinal infection. They show that 2-AG directly modulates bacterial function by antagonizing the provirulence receptor QseC, thereby protecting mice against enteric infection. The endocannabinoid system has already been identified as a promising target in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases, but these new findings raise questions about the possible benefits of using cannabinoids to treat intestinal bacterial infections.