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J Bone Miner Metab. 2007;25(5):277-85. Epub 2007 Aug 25.

Effects of IL-23 and IL-27 on osteoblasts and osteoclasts: inhibitory effects on osteoclast differentiation.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Josai International University, 1 Gumyo, Togane, Chiba 283-8555, Japan.


Interleukin (IL)-23 and IL-27 are IL-6/IL-12 family members that play a role in the regulation of T helper 1 cell differentiation. Cytokines are known to be involved in the bone remodeling process, although the effects of IL-23 and IL-27 have not been clarified. In this study, we examined the possible roles of these cytokines on osteoblast phenotypes and osteoclastogenesis. We found that IL-27 induced signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 activation in osteoblasts. However, neither IL-23 nor IL-27 showed any significant effects on alkaline phosphatase activity, receptor activator of nuclear factor kappaB ligand (RANKL) expression, mRNA expression such as alkaline phosphatase type I procollagen, or the proliferation of osteoblasts. Osteoclastogenesis from bone marrow cells induced by soluble RANKL was partially inhibited by IL-23 and IL-27 with reduced multinucleated cell numbers, but these interleukins did not affect the proliferation of osteoclast progenitor cells. These results indicate that IL-23 and IL-27 could partly modify cell fusion or the survival of multinucleated osteoclasts. On the other hand, partially purified T cells, which are activated by 2 microg/ml anti-CD3 antibody, completely inhibited osteoclastogenesis by M-CSF/RANKL. On using T cells activated with 0.2 microg/ml anti-CD3 antibody, in which osteoclastogenesis was partially inhibited, the interleukins had additive effects for inhibiting osteoclastogenesis. Although the consequences of phosphorylated signals in osteoblasts have not been identified, IL-23 and IL-27, partly and indirectly through activated T cells, inhibited osteoclastogenesis, indicating that these interleukins may protect against bone destructive autoimmune disorders.

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