An Introduction to Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)
TNF is released by Macrophages, Dendritic cells, T cells, Fat cells, and Fibroblasts. TNF then affects various cells. In particular, it will affect cells that line our blood vessels (endothelial cells), which causes vascular problems and this strongly causes cancer, as it causes angiogenesis and increased blood vessel formation (hypervascularization).
It can also cause heart disease, kidney disease, and cognitive problems. TNF negatively affects paneth cells (in the intestine), causing cell death, leaky gut, IBS, and IBD. TNF stimulates macrophages and effector T cells, which leads to more inflammatory cytokine production and apoptosis resistance (which contributes to cancer). See my post on the immune system for a complete understanding.
TNF induces sleep and it increases non-rem sleep (R). Therefore, it's good to have this elevated somewhat at night when we want to fall asleep. TNF is elevated naturally in healthy people at night time.
The duration of daytime sleep in Alzheimer's disease correlated with the degree of functional impairment in the patient (R), which is a result of elevated inflammation. Other examples of daytime sleepiness in chronic inflammatory states are Parkinsons disease (R), traumatic brain injury (TBI) (R), stroke (R), heart failure (R), and type-2 diabetes (R).
If you decrease TNF, you will become more hungry and store more fat. Hence, it's not surprising that anti-TNF therapy results in weight gain -an average of 5.5kg or 11 pounds in only 12 weeks (R).
TNF plays a major role in many diseases and is a cytokine that is a performance killer. TNF can cause lasting harm by damaging your mitochondria (R). TNF makes you tired, lowers your mood and decreases cognitive and physical performance by suppressing orexin (R, R2, R3).
Orexin is an extremely important neurotransmitter for many bodily functions. Orexin performs a number of key roles in memory acquisition and consolidation, as well as in long-term memory reinforcement (R). Hence, if you have elevated inflammation, it will harm your cognitive performance (also by decreasing BDNF, etc). Read my article on increasing orexin.
TNF can also lower thyroid hormones, causing 'low T3 syndrome' (R). It can also lower testosterone (trended, but not significant) (R). TNF slows wound healing, which means you'll need more time to recover from exercise/injuries. (R, R2).
When your natural skin fungus gets out of control, the body attacks it with cytokines that include TNF (also IL-6, IL-1b, IL-8), which recruits other aspects of the immune system (R).
- Autoimmune disease: in general (R), Multiple Sclerosis (R), Behcet's (R), SLE (R), Scleroderma (R), Sarcoidosis (R), Hidradenitis suppurativa (R), Ankylosing spondylitis (R), Erythema nodosum leprosum (R)
- Heart disease (R) - Heart failure (R), Atherosclerosis (R), Stroke (R)
- Cancer in general (R), Melanoma (R)
- Insulin Resistance (R), Diabetes II (R)
- Alzheimer's (R), Parkinson's (R), ALS (R)
- Major Depression (R) - Depressed people had TNF levels that were about 3.97 pg/ml higher than healthy people (R).
- IBS (R, R2), Crohn's/Ulcerative Colitis (R)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (R)
- Osteoporosis (R)
- Psoriasis (R), Eczema (R)
- Asthma (R), COPD (R). TNF stimulates various molecules which recruit eosinophils, neutrophils, and lymphocytes to the airway. TNF can induce corticosteroid resistance (R).
- OCD - only sometimes (R), Schizophrenia (R), Bipolar (R, R2), Anorexia (R)
- PCOS (R) - TNF shifts production of cortisol to testosterone, hence causing PCOS (R).
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (R), Fibromyalgia (R) - contradictory (R).
- Others: Tinnitus (R), Epilepsy (R), Cystic Fibrosis (R), Chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (R), Diabetic Neuropathy (R), Chronic liver disease (R), Fatty Liver (R)
It's better to have this gene decreased most of the time.
Recommended name:Tumor necrosis factor
Tumor necrosis factor ligand superfamily member 2
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- RS1799724 (TNF) ??
- RS1799964 (TNF) ??
- RS1800610 (TNF) ??
- RS1800629 (TNF) ??
- RS1800630 (TNF) ??
- RS1800750 (TNF) ??
- RS2229094 (TNF) ??
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- RS3093665 (TNF) ??
- RS3093668 (TNF) ??
- RS3093726 (TNF) ??
- RS361525 (TNF) ??
- RS673 (TNF) ??
- RS909253 (TNF) ??
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Top Gene-Substance Interactions
Gene Interacts with Diseases
Top 16 Ways To Inhibit TNF
- Elemental diet (R)/ Lectin avoidance diet if lectin sensitive
- Fish/DHA (R)
- Calorie restriction (R)
- Fasting (R)
- Exercise (R)
- PQQ (R)
- Resveratrol (500mg, with 5g leucine) (R)
- Curcumin 2g (R)...powerful (R)
- Jasmine Tea (R)
- Cinnamon/Sodium Benzoate (R, R2)
- Black Cumin Seed Oil....powerful (R)
- Rooibos (R)
- Carob (R)
- Licorice (R)
- Niagen NAD+ (R)
- Kombucha/Lactic acid (R)
- 2g Hops (xanthohumol) (R)...potent. Take before bed.
You can check if your fatigue, mood and motivation issues are related to TNF by measuring blood TNF-alpha levels. See more at: How To Increase Performance and Improve Health By Inhibiting TNF-alpha
All Ways to Increase Gene
All Ways to Decrease Gene
This cytokine has been implicated in a variety of diseases, including autoimmune diseases, insulin resistance, and cancer. It is mainly secreted by macrophages and can induce cell death of certain tumor cell lines. It potently causes fever by direct action or by stimulation of interleukin-1 secretion and is implicated in the induction of cachexia. Impairs regulatory T-cells (Treg) function in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis via FOXP3 dephosphorylation. The TNF intracellular domain (ICD) form induces IL12 production in dendritic cells.
Conditions with Increased Gene Activity
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Conditions with Decreased Gene Activity
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The following transcription factors increase gene production (R):
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Toll-like receptor signaling pathway
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
- Antigen processing and presentation
- Natural killer cell mediated cytotoxicity
- T cell receptor signaling pathway
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- TGF-beta signaling pathway
- Adipocytokine signaling pathway
- MAPK signaling pathway
- Allograft rejection
- Alzheimer's disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Type I diabetes mellitus
- Type II diabetes mellitus
- RIG-I-like receptor signaling pathway
- NOD-like receptor signaling pathway
- African trypanosomiasis
- Fc epsilon RI signaling pathway
- Hematopoietic cell lineage
- Hepatitis C
- Graft-versus-host disease
- Osteoclast differentiation
- Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis)
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Cytokine-cytokine receptor interaction
- Cytokine Activity
- Identical Protein Binding
- Protease Binding
- Transcription Regulatory Region Dna Binding
- Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Binding
- Activation Of Cysteine-Type Endopeptidase Activity Involved In Apoptotic Process
- Activation Of Mapk Activity
- Activation Of Mapkkk Activity
- Cellular Response To Amino Acid Stimulus
- Cellular Response To Nicotine
- Cellular Response To Organic Cyclic Compound
- Chronic Inflammatory Response To Antigenic Stimulus
- Cortical Actin Cytoskeleton Organization
- Death-Inducing Signaling Complex Assembly
- Defense Response To Gram-Positive Bacterium
- Embryonic Digestive Tract Development
- Epithelial Cell Proliferation Involved In Salivary Gland Morphogenesis
- Establishment Of Protein Localization To Plasma Membrane
- Extracellular Matrix Organization
- Extrinsic Apoptotic Signaling Pathway
- Extrinsic Apoptotic Signaling Pathway Via Death Domain Receptors
- Glucose Metabolic Process
- Humoral Immune Response
- I-Kappab Kinase/Nf-Kappab Signaling
- Inflammatory Response
- Intrinsic Apoptotic Signaling Pathway In Response To Dna Damage
- Jnk Cascade
- Leukocyte Tethering Or Rolling
- Lipopolysaccharide-Mediated Signaling Pathway
- Mapk Cascade
- Necroptotic Signaling Pathway
- Negative Regulation Of Alkaline Phosphatase Activity
- Negative Regulation Of Bicellular Tight Junction Assembly
- Negative Regulation Of Branching Involved In Lung Morphogenesis
- Negative Regulation Of Cytokine Secretion Involved In Immune Response
- Negative Regulation Of Extrinsic Apoptotic Signaling Pathway In Absence Of Ligand
- Negative Regulation Of Fat Cell Differentiation
- Negative Regulation Of Gene Expression
- Negative Regulation Of Glucose Import
- Negative Regulation Of Growth Of Symbiont In Host
- Negative Regulation Of Interleukin-6 Production
- Negative Regulation Of Lipid Catabolic Process
- Negative Regulation Of Lipid Storage
- Negative Regulation Of Myoblast Differentiation
- Negative Regulation Of Myosin-Light-Chain-Phosphatase Activity
- Negative Regulation Of Osteoblast Differentiation
- Negative Regulation Of Protein Complex Disassembly
- Negative Regulation Of Transcription, Dna-Templated
- Negative Regulation Of Transcription From Rna Polymerase Ii Promoter
- Negative Regulation Of Viral Genome Replication
- Osteoclast Differentiation
- Positive Regulation Of Apoptotic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Blood Microparticle Formation
- Positive Regulation Of Calcidiol 1-Monooxygenase Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Cell Adhesion
- Positive Regulation Of Ceramide Biosynthetic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Chemokine (C-X-C Motif) Ligand 2 Production
- Positive Regulation Of Chemokine Biosynthetic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Chemokine Production
- Positive Regulation Of Chronic Inflammatory Response To Antigenic Stimulus
- Positive Regulation Of Cysteine-Type Endopeptidase Activity Involved In Apoptotic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Cytokine Production
- Positive Regulation Of Cytokine Secretion
- Positive Regulation Of Erk1 And Erk2 Cascade
- Positive Regulation Of Fever Generation
- Positive Regulation Of Gene Expression
- Positive Regulation Of Hair Follicle Development
- Positive Regulation Of Heterotypic Cell-Cell Adhesion
- Positive Regulation Of Humoral Immune Response Mediated By Circulating Immunoglobulin
- Positive Regulation Of I-Kappab Kinase/Nf-Kappab Signaling
- Positive Regulation Of Interferon-Gamma Production
- Positive Regulation Of Interleukin-6 Production
- Positive Regulation Of Interleukin-8 Biosynthetic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Interleukin-8 Production
- Positive Regulation Of Jun Kinase Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Leukocyte Adhesion To Arterial Endothelial Cell
- Positive Regulation Of Leukocyte Adhesion To Vascular Endothelial Cell
- Positive Regulation Of Map Kinase Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Membrane Protein Ectodomain Proteolysis
- Positive Regulation Of Mononuclear Cell Migration
- Positive Regulation Of Nfat Protein Import Into Nucleus
- Positive Regulation Of Nf-Kappab Import Into Nucleus
- Positive Regulation Of Nf-Kappab Transcription Factor Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Nik/Nf-Kappab Signaling
- Positive Regulation Of Nitric Oxide Biosynthetic Process
- Positive Regulation Of Osteoclast Differentiation
- Positive Regulation Of Peptidyl-Serine Phosphorylation
- Positive Regulation Of Phagocytosis
- Positive Regulation Of Podosome Assembly
- Positive Regulation Of Programmed Cell Death
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Complex Assembly
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Complex Disassembly
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Kinase Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Kinase B Signaling
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Localization To Cell Surface
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Phosphorylation
- Positive Regulation Of Protein Transport
- Positive Regulation Of Sequence-Specific Dna Binding Transcription Factor Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation
- Positive Regulation Of Superoxide Dismutase Activity
- Positive Regulation Of Transcription, Dna-Templated
- Positive Regulation Of Transcription From Rna Polymerase Ii Promoter
- Positive Regulation Of Translational Initiation By Iron
- Positive Regulation Of Vitamin D Biosynthetic Process
- Protein Import Into Nucleus, Translocation
- Protein Kinase B Signaling
- Receptor Biosynthetic Process
- Regulation Of Branching Involved In Salivary Gland Morphogenesis
- Regulation Of Establishment Of Endothelial Barrier
- Regulation Of I-Kappab Kinase/Nf-Kappab Signaling
- Regulation Of Immunoglobulin Secretion
- Regulation Of Insulin Secretion
- Regulation Of Tumor Necrosis Factor-Mediated Signaling Pathway
- Response To Glucocorticoid
- Response To Salt Stress
- Response To Virus
- Sequestering Of Triglyceride
- Tumor Necrosis Factor-Mediated Signaling Pathway
- Certolizumab Pegol
- Isopropyl Alcohol