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Interleukin-6 in relation to other proinflammatory cytokines, chemotactic activity and neutrophil activation in rheumatoid synovial fluid.
  1. M A van Leeuwen,
  2. J Westra,
  3. P C Limburg,
  4. P L van Riel,
  5. M H van Rijswijk
  1. Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE--To evaluate the relation between synovial fluid (SF) concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and other mediators of inflammation which are responsible for joint degradation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS--We measured IL-6, IL-1 beta, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor, IL-8, and polymorphonuclear leucocyte (PMNL) chemotaxis and degranulation in SF from patients with RA (n = 30) in the early phase of the disease. RESULTS--In a cross-sectional study IL-6 concentrations correlated with those of IL-1 beta, IL-8 and with PMNL activation as reflected by lactoferrin concentrations. In a longitudinal study, changes in IL-6 concentrations correlated with changes in TNF alpha, IL-8 and lactoferrin concentrations. CONCLUSION--IL-6 in SF appears to reflect the local proinflammatory, potentially erosive activity in RA. This supports the use of acute phase proteins, which are mainly induced by IL-6, as variables to monitor the course of RA.

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