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Lung issues? Coronavirus concerns? Why you need to know and test yourself for TGF Beta 1.

Death due to coronavirus infection is due to lung fibrosis as a result of ARDS or acute respiratory distress syndrome. TGF-β activation is one of the major contributors to this fibrosis which can also have a life long consequence due lung damage after the infection is resolved. Lets take a deep dive into TGF-β and how you can better be prepared for an infection through specific lab testing and natural strategies to lower TGF-β.

Normal TGF-β Range:  <2380 pg/ml

What is TGF-β?

TGF-β regulates multiple cellular processes such as growth suppression of epithelial cells, alveolar epithelial cell differentiation, fibroblast activation, and extracellular matrix organization. These effects are closely associated with tissue remodeling in pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema. TGF-β is also central to T cell homeostasis and is deeply involved in asthmatic airway inflammation. TGF-β is the most potent inducer of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in non-small cell lung cancer cells and is pivotal to the development of tumor-promoting microenvironment in the lung cancer tissue. This review summarizes and integrates the current knowledge of TGF-β signaling relevant to lung health and disease.

TGF-β is necessary for lung organogenesis and homeostasis, and is involved in many respiratory diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, and lung cancer [4].

TGF Beta-1 – Transforming Growth Factor Beta-1

TGF Beta-1 is a protein that has important regulatory effects throughout innate immune pathways.  This protein helps control the growth and division (proliferation) of cells, the process by which cells mature to carry out specific functions (differentiation), cell movement (motility), and the self-destruction of cells (apoptosis).  The TGF Beta-1 protein is found throughout the body and plays a role in development before birth, the formation of blood vessels, the regulation of muscle tissue and body fat development, wound healing, and immune system function (especially regulatory T-cells).

TGF Beta-1 can impair T-regulatory cell function, which in turn contributes to the activation of autoimmunity, yet TGF Beta-1 also plays a role in suppressing autoimmunity(!).  TGF Beta-1 has become important in the exploding incidences of childhood asthma, raising the tantalizing issue of remodeling due to biotoxin exposure.  The EPA says that 21% of all new cases of asthma are due to exposure to Water Damaged Buildings.  If an individual develops wheezing after exposure to a water damaged building, look for remodeling to be the cause.  Remodeling means “something” happens that the airway changes to be more reactive and in need of medications to reduce wheezing.  Neurologic, autoimmune and many other systemmic problems also are found with high TGF Beta-1.

TGF-β1 rises in plasma and lung tissues in patients during the early phase of SARS14,15. TGF-β1 is the major mediator of fibrosis, up-regulating the expression of pro-fibrotic genes such as vimentin, type I and type III collagen16,17

TGF-β Signaling in Pulmonary Diseases: Activated TGF-β is involved in the pathogenesis of emphysema!

Lack of proper TGF-β signaling predisposes the lungs to develop emphysema while conferring resistance to fibrosis.

You could place “High risk of death from coronavirus infection” with “Lung cancer” !

TGF-β is essential for healthy lungs: lung organogenesis, homeostasis, and pathological conditions such as fibrosis, asthma COPD. Because TGF-β is involved in pulmonary fibrosis it can be a high risk marker for those looking to prepare for survival of a server viral infection such as with corona virus. There have been clinical trials testing the efficacy of inhibitors of TGF-β [129].

Resources on TGF-B

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