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This forum investigates the pathophysiology of COVID-19 and compares findings to fluoride poisoning, pathways involving Gq/11 proteins and the moderating/regulating effects of thyroid hormones.
We look at key events in cells, tissues and the body's immune system, and list the literature documenting the similarities. It is an ongoing project. More material will be added over the coming weeks.
While originally described as a disease causing acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome (ARDS), it is now believed that COVID-19 may involve multi-organ damage (Wang et al., 2020; Haeck et al., 2020; Atri et al., 2020; Qin et al., 2020). However, it is claimed that the pathways involving these varied conditions are not yet understood. There are over 2100 on-going clinical trials underway, but to date none of these drugs have consistently proven effective (Liu et al., 2020).
In this forum, we hope to be able to show that pathways activated by aberrant Gq/11 signalling are at the core of both COVID-19 and fluoride poisoning and further, that these same pathways are regulated by thyroid hormones and TSH, the thyroid-stimulating-hormone. Gq/11 are one of the four G protein families.
We have been able to trace almost all aspects of COVID-19 pathophysiology to pathways that are downstream of Gq/11 activation. As numerous agents already exist that target Gq/11 we hope that the information in this forum will contribute to finding effective therapeutic agents not just for COVID-19, but also for fluoride poisoning.
COVID-19 and Fluorosis
When we first researched COVID-19 and the pathways involved, we immediately noticed similarities to fluoride poisoning, or fluorosis.
For example, the pathways leading to lung conditions/damage observed in COVID-19 patients (Xiong et al., 2020) are identical to those observed in workers exposed to fluorides (Wen et al., 2019).
Consider the following two statements:
(Xiong et al., 2020)"SARS-CoV-2 induced activation of apoptosis and P53 signalling pathway in lymphocytes may be the cause of patients' lymphopenia".
(Wen et al., 2019)"Long-term exposure to low level of fluoride induces apoptosis via p53 pathway in lymphocytes of aluminum smelter workers".
This was clear first evidence that some aspects of COVID-19 and fluoride poisoning involved overlapping or similar pathways. Further evidence was found rather easily, once we started looking for it.
Both, COVID-19 and fluoride poisoning, exhibit elevated levels of inflammatory biomarkers and cytokines, including IL-6, C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and interleukin (IL)-2R (Atri et al., 2020; Qin et al., 2020; Varol et al., 2012; Lu et al., 2017; Sana et al., 2017; Afolabi et al., 2013).
Further, both increase NF-kappa B and cardiac troponins (Balsal, 2020; Oyagbemi et al., 2020; Wang et al., 2018; Sana et al., 2017).
IL-10 and TGF-b levels are also altered in both COVID-19 and fluoride poisoning (Wan et al., 2020; Xiong et al., 2020; Luo et al., 2017; Zhang et al., 2019) .
There are other similarities.
As has been shown in animal studies of fluoride poisoning, liver damage is observed in some COVID-19 patients. Levels of ALT, AST, GGT are elevated in both conditions while albumin levels are reduced (Wang et al., 2020; Sun et al., 2020; Gu et al., 2020; Lu et al., 2017; Zhao et al., 2014; Kessabi et al., 1983; Xiong et al., 2007).
Blacks, who have a more sensitive thyroid status than whites, are at increased risk in both conditions (Millett et al., 2020; Akinkugbe et al., 2014).
Like in COVID-19, fluoride is more dangerous in patients suffering from glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency (Pornprasert et al., 2017; Kassi et al., 2020).
Numerous therapeutic agents proposed for treatment in COVID-19 have also been used to alleviate fluoride toxicity, such as resveratrol (Magrone at., 2020; Suzuki et al, 2018), melatonin (Martín Giménez et al., 2020; Zhao et al., 2017; Sana et al., 2017; Kumar et al., 2019), N-acetylcysteine (Assimakopoulos, 2020; Pawłowska-Góral et al., 2013), and Vitamin D (Martín Giménez et al., 2020; Kumar et al., 2012). Vitamin D deficiency is thought to be a risk factor in both conditions (Mitchell, 2020; Bondu et al., 2019).
We further focused our research on the G proteins Gq/11, as we have learned over the past 20 years that the majority of fluoride toxicity occurs via pathways regulated by the Gq/11 subfamily, pathways that are regulated by thryoid hormones under external control of TSH.
We then investigated the role of thyroid hormones and thyroid status, comparing to diagnostic findings in COVID-19.
Each forum entry will list the correlations of COVID-19, fluoride poisoning, Gq/11 involvement, and thyroid hormones.
We will post as much of our research as we can - time permitting, in the hopes that it might be of benefit to all. Some of our friends in the scientific community are currently looking for therapeutic agents to combat COVID-19.
Perhaps it might also alert others to the toxicity of fluoride, and help shed light on the many adverse health effects caused by fluoride.
So far, not one study has yet investigated COVID-19 effects on the thyroid, or tested for thyroid hormones and TSH levels in COVID-19 patients. [UPDATE: The first study was e-published in July, and more and more research is now being conducted. See viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2040]
Topics in this forum:
Lung Damage: Apoptosis & p53 activation. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1881
Cardiac Injury: Cardiac Troponins. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1883
Renin-Angiotensin System (Ras)
Ras and ACE2
NF-kappa B. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1888
C-Reactive Protein (CRP). viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1886
Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF-α). viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1895
Creatine Kinase. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1999
Virus Replication and Ca2+
- Resveratrol. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1900
- Melatonin. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1920
- Vitamin D. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1944
- Cathepsin L
- N-acetylcysteine. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2006
- Dexamethasone. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2196
Age and the Immune System.
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1887
Liver Function. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=1945
Blood Pressure. viewtopic.php?f=68&t=1973
The 3rd Loop
- Diabetes. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2048
- Heart Disease. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2052
- Atherosclerosis. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2050
- Kidney Injury. viewtopic.php?f=66&t=2058
Numerous questions/discussion points:
1) Two conditions - COVID-19 and fluoride poisoning - apparently involve similar damage in various organs, as can be witnessed in many studies from around the world. In contrast to COVID-19, fluoride poisoning has been largely neglected and its adverse health effects are often downplayed by many Western public health agencies. Fluorosis is endemic in at least 25 countries across the globe, China and India being the worst affected (Pramanik, 2017). In India alone, 62 million people are affected, 6 million of which are children under 14 years old (Srikanth, 2009). Even in Western countries, fluoride poisoning is ever-increasing. The majority of US teens now have dental fluorosis - a sign that fluoride intake was excessive during crucial times of development (Wiener et al., 2018).
2) The two conditions share identical pathways. If treatments work in the fight against COVID-19, is it possible that they might also be of benefit in fluoride poisoning? And vice versa? Would/could treatment involve specific inhibitors of the Gq/11 family? Correction of thyroid status?
3) Are those living in endemic fluorosis or iodine deficient areas at higher risk of COVID-19 infection? Increased organ damage?
4) As the involvement of thyroid homones can be documented - does thyroid status influence disease severity in COVID-19, as it does in fluoride poisoning? Serum ACE activities change in proportion to thyroid hormone levels. What effects does COVID-19 have on the thyroid and thyroid hormone metabolism?
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