Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.525, No.4, 962-967, 2020
Effect of monoacylglycerol lipase inhibition on intestinal permeability in chronic stress model
The endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) is an anti-nociceptive lipid, which is inactivated through cellular uptake and subsequent catabolism by monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL). The present study aimed to explore the effects of inhibition of MAGL on intestinal permeability. We first tested it in differentiated CaCO2 cells after 21 days' culture. The rat model of water avoidance stress (WAS) was established, and rats were divided into four groups according to intervention. Rats received intraperitoneal injection (i.p.) of an MAGL inhibitor (JZL184) alone, JZL184 and a the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) receptor antagonist (SR141716A), JZL184 and a cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) receptor antagonist (AM630) or vehicle alone (control). We analyzed the fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran (FD4) permeability and 2-AG level. Expression of MAGL and tight-junction-associated proteins were detected by western blot. Compared with the control group, MAGL expression was higher and 2-AG levels lower among WAS rats. Intestinal permeability was increased following administration of JZL184 which occurred due to up-regulation of tight-junction-associated proteins Claudin-1, Claudin-2, Claudin-5 and Occludin. The effects of MAGL inhibition were mediated by CB1, indicating that MAGL may represent a novel target for the treatment of reduced intestinal permeability in the context of chronic stress. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.