Gut Bacteria Enzymes Link Antimicrobial Triclosan with Gut Inflammation, IBD

Studies by an international research team have demonstrated how triclosan, an antimicrobial found in toothpaste, toys, and thousands of other products, can trigger gut inflammation. The research identified the bacteria, and specific enzymes, that trigger triclosan’s harmful effects, with experiments in mice also suggesting that these bacterial enzymes can be blocked from driving intestinal damage. The results could offer up new clues about potential strategies for managing inflammatory bowel disease.