Effect of IL-1 on experimental bone/bone-marrow metastases.


Journal Article

Bone metastasis is a common event and a major cause of morbidity in cancer patients. The hematopoietic marrow of the bones, rather than the bone tissue per se, is the target organ in bone metastasis. In the bone marrow, IL-1 induces the release of hematopoietic growth factors that may affect tumor-cell growth. We treated groups of mice with rhuIL-1 alpha to examine its role in the establishment of experimental bone/bone-marrow metastasis. We found that injection of 2 micrograms of rhuIL-1 alpha 24 hr prior to, simultaneously with or 24 hr after the injection of 10(4) B16 melanoma cells into the left cardiac ventricle of mice resulted in a 2-fold increase in the average number of colonized bones per mouse. GM-CSF is produced by bone-marrow stromal cells in response to IL-1, and its receptor has been found on tumor cells, including melanoma cells. However, the administration of rmuGM-CSF to mice by either multiple injections or continuous infusion did not affect the number of colonized bones. Many of the biologic effects of IL-1 are mediated by prostaglandins. Treatment of mice with 100 micrograms of indomethacin, a potent inhibitor of prostaglandin synthesis, prior to the injection of rhuIL-1 alpha, prevented the increase in number of bone metastases. To determine whether constitutive productions of IL-1 and/or prostaglandins are involved in the pathogenesis of bone/bone marrow metastasis, we treated mice with antimouse IL-1 alpha neutralizing antibodies, rhuIRAP (an inhibitor of IL-1 activity) or indomethacin. We found no difference in the average number of colonized bones per mouse between treated and control mice. We conclude that exogenous administration of IL-1 enhances experimental bone/bone-marrow metastases, and that this phenomenon is mediated through prostaglandins. However, neither the constitutive production of IL-1 nor that of prostaglandins appear to play a role in the pathogenesis of bone/bone-marrow metastasis in our murine model system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Arguello, F; Baggs, RB; Graves, BT; Harwell, SE; Cohen, HJ; Frantz, CN

Published Date

  • November 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 802 - 807

PubMed ID

  • 1428234

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1428234

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0215

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7136

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ijc.2910520522


  • eng