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      Interleukin-17A Deficiency Attenuated Emphysema and Bone Loss in Mice Exposed to Cigarette Smoke

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          Background and Purpose

          Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common chronic inflammatory disease, which is associated with various comorbidities including osteoporosis. Interleukin(IL)-17 has been reported to play important roles in the pathogenesis of COPD and also associated with bone destruction in inflammatory diseases. However, the role of IL-17A in COPD-related osteoporosis is yet unknown. The purpose of our study was to investigate the potential contribution of IL-17A in COPD-related bone loss.

          Materials and Methods

          We examined the bone mass and bone microarchitecture in wild-type and IL-17A -/- mice exposed to long-term cigarette smoke (CS). Osteoclast activities and the expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) in bone tissues were assessed, and the blood levels of inflammatory cytokines were measured.


          Less bone loss as well as attenuated emphysema were shown in IL-17A -/- mice compared with wild-type mice. CS-exposed IL-17A -/- mice had decreased TRAP+ osteoclast numbers and lower RANKL expression compared with CS-exposed wild-type mice. Inflammatory cytokines including IL-6 and IL-1β in circulation were decreased in IL-17A -/- mice exposed to CS compared with wild-type mice.


          This study indicates that IL-17A is involved in CS-induced bone loss and may be a common link between COPD and osteoporosis.

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                Author and article information

                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                10 February 2020
                : 15
                : 301-310
                [1 ]Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University Third Hospital , Beijing, 100191, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Hematology Oncology Center, Beijing Children’s Hospital, Capital Medical University , Beijing 100045, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Yongchang Sun Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University Third Hospital , 49 North Garden Road, Haidian District, Beijing100191, People’s Republic of ChinaTel +86 156 1196 3697 Email suny@bjmu.edu.cn
                © 2020 Xiong et al.

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