Effects of (+)-catechin on the function of osteoblastic cells

Eun Mi Choi, Jae Kwan Hwang

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Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) are candidate cytokines which are produced by osteoblastic linage cells and promote osteoblast apoptosis, osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. Here, we examined the effect of (+)-catechin, one of the most common grape flavonols, on osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells. (+)-Catechin caused a significant elevation of cell survival at 10-5 and 10-4 M and alkaline phosphatase activity at 10-5 M. Also, treatment with (+)-catechin (10 -5 M) decreased bone-resorbing cytokines (TNF-α and IL-6) production and apoptosis in osteoblasts. Our data indicate that the reduction of bone-resorbing cytokines and apoptosis in osteoblasts by (+)-catechin may result in the prevention and therapy for osteoporosis and inflammatory bone diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-526
Number of pages4
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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