Investigation of the role of IL-1 and TNF in matrix degradation in the intervertebral disc

HOYLAND, J. A., LE MAITRE, C. and FREEMONT, A. J. (2008). Investigation of the role of IL-1 and TNF in matrix degradation in the intervertebral disc. Rheumatology, 47 (6), 809-814.

Full text not available from this repository.
Link to published version::
Related URLs:


    Objective. To establish if IL-1 or TNF regulates matrix degradation in the non-degenerate or degenerate intervertebral disc (IVD).

    Methods. In situ zymography (ISZ) has been used to investigate the role of IL-1 and TNF in the matrix degradation characterizing symptomatic IVD degeneration. ISZ employed three substrates (gelatin, collagen II, casein) and four different challenges, IL-1β, IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), TNF-α and anti-TNF.

    Results. We have shown for the first time that whilst IL-1β will stimulate and IL-1 receptor antagonist will inhibit matrix degradation in intact human IVD tissue, neither TNF-α nor anti-TNF have any measurable effect on degradation of these matrices.

    Conclusion. This study has addressed a current area of controversy in IVD biology, namely, whether either IL-1 or TNF or both are involved in driving matrix degradation. Our data indicate that IL-1 is a key cytokine mediating matrix degradation in the IVD and therefore a therapeutic target.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre
    Identification Number:
    Page Range: 809-814
    Depositing User: Users 4 not found.
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2011 16:01
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:00

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item


    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics