Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Recombinant human interleukin-6 (IL-6) was assessed for its ability to stimulate bone resorption in prelabeled mouse calvariae in vitro. IL-6 had no effect on bone resorption at concentrations ranging from 300 to 10,000 U/ml (3-1000 pg/ml). Neither the presence of indomethacin nor prolonged incubation periods (96 h) affected this result. IL-6 did not affect resorption stimulated by human recombinant IL-1 alpha (rIL-1 alpha) but inhibited resorption stimulated by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25-(OH)2D3]. rIL-1 alpha, PTH, and 1,25-(OH)2D3 induced IL-6 release by calvariae. We conclude from these studies that IL-6 does not stimulate bone resorption in neonatal mouse calvariae. However, it may act as a locally produced inhibitor and therefore a paracrine regulator of bone resorption induced by osteotropic hormones. IL-6 could also function as a long-range stimulator of systemic reactions and acute-phase responses to local inflammatory and neoplastic lesions in bone.

Original publication




Journal article


J bone miner res

Publication Date





3 - 8


Animals, Animals, Newborn, Bone Resorption, Calcitriol, Culture Techniques, Drug Synergism, Indomethacin, Interleukin-1, Interleukin-6, Mice, Parathyroid Hormone, Recombinant Proteins, Skull