Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research vol:18 issue:1 pages:49-53
Interleukin (IL)-11 stimulates osteoclast formation and inhibits osteoblast function in vitro and has been implicated in estrogen deficiency-induced bone loss. Herein we report the in vivo effect of recombinant human IL-11 (rHU-IL-11), administered s.c. in doses between 10 and 200 microg/kg/day for 6 weeks into 6-month-old rats after ovariectomy. There was no difference between vehicle-treated and rHu-IL-11 treated rats in the ovariectomy-induced increase in the urinary excretion of pyridinoline and deoxypyridinoline. Neither was there a significant effect of rHu-IL-11 on the plasma concentrations of osteocalcin and on bone mineral density (BMD) measured at a metaphyseal area of the distal femur after 6 weeks. At all dosages tested, rHu-IL-11 increased the femoral diaphyseal area. In conclusion, IL-11 has no deleterious in vivo effect on biochemical parameters of bone remodeling and BMD in estrogen-deficient rats.