Bone resorbing cytokines may be associated with abnormalities in bone cell function and calcium homeostasis in a number of pathological conditions. One of these cytokines is interleukin 6 (IL-6), which is a multifunctional cytokine which has been shown to be associated with increased formation of bone resorbing osteoclasts in vitro. In this report, we demonstrate that neutralizing antibodies to human IL-6 lower the blood calcium in nude mice carrying a human tumor associated with increased IL-6 production. There was no effect on blood calcium in hypercalcemic nude mice carrying tumors not associated with increased IL-6 production and normocalcemic tumor-bearing nude mice. These results suggest that increased production of IL-6 may contribute to disturbances in calcium homeostasis in some malignancies, and suggest that neutralization of IL-6 effects can lower the serum calcium in these tumors.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Feb 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research